About a year ago, I had an inspired, albeit rare idea. I was going to film one thing, every single day for a year. Just under a week ago, I accomplished that goal, turned off the daily reminder to “Record” on my phone, and looked back at what happened. Maybe I’m lucky, or maybe I’m intuitive, but I just captured the greatest year of my life.
In the past year, which spans all but 2 days of my 25th year and the first 2 of my 26th, I have put my feet in the Pacific Ocean from 2 continents, bathed with elephants, driven 8000 kilometers on my motorbike, gotten my first tattoo (or 2), skipped rocks on mountain lakes, seas, and rivers, and thrown what was most certainly the first and greatest Kentucky Derby Party in Laos.
I felt the sorrow and ache and shock of death for the first time. I attended and sang at my very first funeral, grieved for those I love, and saw that death is just one more opportunity to talk about Life.
I was unbearably hot and unseasonably cold. I taught English and studied Lao. I found Mexican food in Laos. I constantly had to throw videos out because I was laughing so hard I was shaking. I recorded boring stuff because sometimes I was bored and recorded my dogs because they are cute. I lived my life. And I caught it on camera.
Days of Note:
May 1: The epic Derby Party.
May 15: The only day missing from the video. It was the hottest day of the year, the day I came down with a sinus infection, and the day my dog died. So yeah…I forgot.
July 12: The day I arrived back in America.
September 19: The day I arrived back in Laos.
October 16: The day our friends, Joel and Angelin, died in a place crash. The video was filmed mere moments before we got the news.
January 16: The day my parents came to Laos.
April 15: My 26th birthday.
Also, this was filmed entirely on an iPhone. And it shows. I also thought I chose really cool songs that no one would know, but I’m pretty sure I chose the homemade music video song of the year.