As discussed in the previous post about pictures, we talked about the process of sorting pictures and pulling out the ones that we do not want to keep.
The definition of a "bad" picture varies. There are, of course the blurry, fuzzy, and mistakenly taken pictures that make sense to get rid of.
Other "bad" pictures are up to interpretation. We women are the worst for burning, ripping, and cutting our faces and bodies out of otherwise good pictures of everyone else. Whatever our size or station in life, the majority of us have at least done it once.
I myself have deleted or ripped up pictures I have loathed of me over the years. However, my perspective on this has dramatically changed.....here is why:
One day last year as I was asked to find a "casual," family picture for something my son needed at school, as I scrambled to find a few pictures of us that I surely "thought," I had, it shocked me how little pictures there were of me at all. It was as if I had erased myself from the events, vacations, or special moments that were captured on film.
This also caused me to reflect back to my own childhood, I never cared whether my parents were fat or thin, had funky hair or crazy clothing. I just cared that they were there and enjoying the experiences with me. Without pictures we cannot possibly remember all that has transpired in the past.
After my personal "Ah, ha," I have deleted very few pictures of myself, especially when there are others in the picture and we are celebrating a special moment. They are a part of our life history that can never be repeated.
When I am 80 years old, I am not going to look back at what I looked like or didn't look like in a picture, I am going to look back and remember the life I lived and the experiences I had. And I am sure; I am going to wish that my younger self was not so hard on herself.
I know this blog post has little to do with organization, but all the same it is something to decide upon as you sort your pictures.
Therefore, in defense of preserving memories, rethink things before you delete them or throw them out.
And there is this little program called "Photo Shop" that can help us look our best!
Please,Send me your thoughts on your own picture woes!