Last year, I wrote a whole series of essays about my attempts to chronicle my life one second at a time. You can watch last year's video here.
I have finally completed this year's video, which starts the day after my birthday in 2013. Round 2 of the 1SecondEveryday challenge was considerably more difficult this time around. Here are some thoughts on doing this project again this year:
Time is a flat circle - It's true: the more things change, the more they stay the same. When you compare the two videos, there are a lot of similarities. A lot of riding the Microsoft Connector bus. A lot of sunsets and scenes from my apartment. A lot of shows at the Seattle Theatre Group (plus Sasquatch!). I've started to get into a routine here in Seattle, which is simultaneously comforting and terrifying - it means this place now fully feels like home, but I now fear becoming complacent.
Food - Again, I depended on food for a lot of the seconds. It's very difficult not to. It's also hard not to depend upon all the things one sees every day in one's routine.
In the end, it was still incredibly rewarding - Not only do I now have a visual chronicle of my year, but the seconds help me remember a bunch of stuff that I would've otherwise forgotten. Plus, the process of revisiting all the seconds, choosing which one was my favorite etc. was as emotional as it was last year.
Moving to a one Month Release Cycle? - I'm thinking of releasing these 30-seconds at a time every month from now on, then perhaps doing a 1-year video every calendar year. The amount of work required for one of these videos just feels like it'd bear more returns spread out over time.