In my last post, I talked about how special 2016 has been to me. When I think about the year that has passed, there are just too many memories that I want to hold close to my heart. Thus…the Wall of Happy (and yes, for those who have seen it, the name is slightly inspired by the movie Saving Sally):
I’m a very nostalgic person. If I could put up all my favorite photos, EVER, I would be living in a house that would be caving in with the weight of a thousand pictures.
I recently got an Instax printer as a freebie that came with something I purchased, and needless to say, I went a little crazy. Next thing I know, I was going through all my photos from 2016, and I almost drowned in a flood of wonderful memories.
So I printed each photo that brought back a memory that made me smile. Seeing my childhood friends again. Surprising a couple of good friends on their birthdays. Indulging in a bottomless supply of doughnuts. Taking an archery class with my dad and my nephews. Meeting wonderful women in Smokey Mountain. Facing a real life owl for the first time. Meeting a childhood hero. Pajammy-jamming at a pajama party with friends. Laughing until I thought my guts would come out because someone unknowingly drank “poopie tea”–it wasn’t me!
I also printed out photos of people I was most grateful for this year. Too many to mention.
At some point, I had to stop myself from printing more photos. I could keep going.
When 2017 rolls around, some of these photos will have to go down and new ones will have to go up. But for now, I look up at this wall with immense gratitude. It’s easy to get anxious and worried when I think about the unknown future, but I’m pretty sure this time last year, I had no idea what was going to happen, too. Now I get to look back and see how it turned out better than I imagined, and I can be hopeful for 2017.