365 Seconds

Lauren Myhra

If you go into the camera roll on my iPhone, you will see that I have countless videos that are roughly 3-10 seconds long. And if you aren’t someone that spends a significant amount of time with me, you will probably be confused about why they’re all so short.


Roughly a year and a half ago, one of my closest friends showed me a video that I knew she had been working on for a long time, but wasn’t really sure what it was about. It turns out it was something she had seen in a TED Talk and had been working on it for the last year. She showed me a six minute video that showed her life at the University of Manitoba; to say I was in love with it was an understatement. I immediately knew I had to make one.

Here’s what she, and subsequently I, did; everyday for an entire year, we each took a one second long video on our iPhones—just a random part of our day that we chose to document. As the year went on, we stringed each video together in iMovie, added music to the end, and shared our videos with our families and friends to enjoy too.

Now before we get too far into it, here is my video from last semester. My life isn’t extraordinarily exciting, but you should watch at least a few seconds of it so that you can get the jist of what I did.

I did one from August 2015 to August 2016, and then August 2016 to January 2017 (so that my next video could follow the 2017 calendar year). These videos are one of the things I am most proud of myself for actually sticking to and completing, as they document both everyday moments that I might not remember otherwise, as well as significant moments that I will cherish.

In my video there is everything from my sister on her wedding day, to whatever I was eating that day, to my friends dancing like fools. I’ve watched it dozens of times, and always pull it out when I’m feeling down to remind myself of all the blessings that I have in my life. The commitment was a lot— to be honest there were a couple days I forgot— but the end result was well worth it.

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