(Update) On 6.2.15 a friend offered to help, and reset the whole thing. So Corrected time: 50hrs.
Lesson: Roll with it. I cried. (didn't scream.) Then I realized there was a reason. Maybe it wasn't good the first time? Maybe it's still not? Ha. But I changed all the copy, used new pictures, and changed three songs. I see it as a challenge I received to be calm, flexible and do better. Just like all "bad" things in life.
So the idea is to capture ALL (good and bad) of an entire year with pictures, quotes, and running commentary. I'm going to do it every year. This one, might not be viewable for my kids until eighteen or so, but moving forward I'll do it in May. The month my father died, and it will be a project of reflection, gratitude and acceptance of what was, has been, and is over. To capture all of it.
He was so obsessed with memory-keeping. It felt like the appropriate thing to do. It's not all pretty, but it's real. It's honest. It's so much more than I thought it would be. My goal is small. Start a tradition for my family. If it happens to give someone else the idea to create a photo-movie montage focusing on that which they are grateful for, I would be over the moon. So, I hope it touches you. Not everyone will "like" it. Hell, I don't even "like" it all.
I've always been a firm believer that it's OK to be uncomfortable sometimes. If it authentic and true, brings light to a subject, a person, or an idea that I put effort into avoiding, then I am in!
So...Enjoy? No. Good luck? Ha. No worries. I warn you now it's twelve minutes long. So, there goes 99.99% of you.
(Covers eyes and holds breath)
A home movie of reflection and gratitude. Click here if embedded link didn't work:
"Shimmer with a smile. Life is hard, bloom anyway."