WHAT I LEARNED FROM FILMING ONE SECOND A DAY OF MY LIFE FOR 365 DAYS
For a year, I video taped 1 second every day. It was a cool and ultimately very valuable experience. (Link to the video is in the comments)
- 1.Stealing great ideas from your friends is wise.This is cheating, cuz I already knew this one. @sam totally did it first, and cut together those seconds into a movie, and it was so cool. I coveted the hell out of it, and much like other things she's done or had that I covet, I straight up copied her.
- 2.It is really, really challenging to do something every day.Especially because it was something that didn't happen at the same time, and was for pleasure, not necessity. Many days, even with phone reminders and alarms, I'd sit straight up in bed in a panic before I fell asleep because I'd forgotten my second that day. For purposes of full disclosure, I missed something like 14 days, almost entirely while working on oncology.
- 3.Some days are worth way more than a second, and others way less, but I had one second regardless.This was probably the most valuable thing I took away. There were huge days, filled with awesome activities that would be perfect to video, and there were dead boring days, where I struggled to record my feet walking into work. It was an ongoing (sometimes annoying) lesson about how regardless of how relative time may be, one second is still just a second and you can use it only for what it is.
- 4.People always see the grass as greener.When I saw @sam's video, I was in awe of all the things she did and nervous that mine would look so lame. At first, I was careful to video interesting moments for my own, but over time, that got harder and there were many days of videos of my space heater from bed, or my shower turning on. Despite that, everyone who watched my video commented on how much stuff they felt like I was doing, and how they could never fill a video up like that.
- 5.The grass IS pretty green where you stand.In this age of social media, it can be distracting to see everyone's magical life projected onto our screens. Especially in the minute to minute, it can feel like an impossible contest (especially when you're comparing people's social, fun times to working for the 15th day in a row). But having all these videos put together made me more cognizant of all the stuff I actually do, and that it's not just impressive to other people, but myself.
- 6.I am a predictable creature, but that's kind of neat.I loved watching my movie slowly come together and it helped me recognize patterns (like how I often missed days when working on oncology, how much more social I was in summer, and that exercise seems to go hand in hand with home-cooking). Those realizations helped me be more mindful and present.
- 7.Going to Tuba City, AZ was an outstanding choice.Last year, I spent a month in Tuba City working as a pediatrician with the Indian Health Services. This was a phenomenal experience for me professionally and personally (a whole other list could be made about this), and that is clearly reflected in the beautiful, varied, and happy videos from that time period.
- 8.It's very hard to respect patient privacy.For someone who works with patients 80 hours a week (and sometimes for well over 24 hours at a time), it was really challenging to avoid patient presence in the video. Non-sequitur, I know, but it highlighted to me how much time, energy, and thought I end up giving to non-family and friends, who I had to make an effort to get into daily videos.
- 9.There really is something to remember everyday.The whole project forced me to find something notable every single day, which is easier said than done. But I was able to film something almost everyday IF I kept my eyes open -- which is the key, right?
- 10.Context is everything but there is no context in the long run.A recording may be hilarious or gorgeous in its entirety, but when spliced to a second, the surrounding explanations fall away. This was another very grand, sweeping take-away: life IS made up of the moments, and you can't depend on context to explain what happens, no matter how crucial it really is.