Rely Less on the Memento and More on the Memory

5 years ago

Remember back to when you had to wait until the film in your camera was developed to discover the quality of the photographs you took at an event? Sometimes they were blurry, and you couldn't go back in time to re-take them since the moment had passed.  Nina Badzin has a great post about balancing the memory and the memento, or really, not placing so much importance on capturing the moment but rather living it as if you'll never be able to revisit it again.

Was the experience I’d gone through with the cast not wonderful? Had it not opened me up to writers in the Twin Cities that I never would have met otherwise? Was the evening of Listen to Your Mother not a uniquely special experience where I spoke on a stage for the first time and felt overwhelmingly supported by friends and family? And finally, was I seriously going to be a big baby because the freaking video wasn’t perfect?

Please read Nina's whole post to discover what happened when her Listen to Your Mother video came back less than perfect and how she got herself out of the disappointment.

Do you think that being able to instantly see an image or video has changed our expectation of mementos from events?

Image: GordonMcDowell via Flickr

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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