The past few weeks I’ve been a little homesick mostly because I know that Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. I’ve found myself going back on Facebook, Instagram, and even through pictures on my phone, reminiscing about old memories back home. What I found, however, didn’t seem to cure my disease of homesickness but it did something much, much better.
I cannot even begin to tell you how many laughs I have had over the past week alone just looking at the type of person I was 6 or 7 years ago. I’m talking full-blown awkward middle school kid who was overly aggressive about everything and didn’t know what the heck he was doing.
There’s an app called “Timehop” which allows you to see all of your social media activity on that particular day in the past. I checked the app the other day in the morning and I was awoken to a video that I posted on facebook in 6th grade of me and my friends doing a parody to the Weird Al song “Trapped in the Drive Through” during a talent show. I saw my old self, in all his glory, lip syncing and driving around on a toy car, acting like a complete idiot. I was both appalled and strangely proud of myself in that moment. Appalled at the way I looked and acted yet strangely proud of how carefree I was.
I’ve gone back to photos from Halloween in 7th grade, where I dressed up as a nerd with a bunch of my friends. We thought we were the coolest people ever, walking around school and taking pictures like we had something to show off, when in actuality, we had no clue we just looked like a bunch of idiots. I found another collection of photos on that day as well, all from my Bar Mitzvah. Looking back to my awkwardly uncomfortable self in 8th grade made me so grateful for puberty. I found pictures of myself doing what looks like a mixture between punching someone and flailing my body when I probably just thought I was dancing. I saw myself being hoisted up on a chair by my dad and his friends, (a tradition at most bar/bat mitzvahs that I am so looking forward to for my sister’s this coming April) with a huge smile on my face that simultaneously said, “I’m having the best time of my life!” and “Get me down now!!!” I remembered how I felt in that moment looking at the picture, and I actually laughed out loud.
It’s amazing how much an old photo or video can just immediately transport you back in time to a place you thought you had completely forgotten. While looking down at my phone on that morning of myself in a different life, it completely brought me back to it. I almost forgot where I was for a second when I put my phone down and had to proceed with the rest of my day.
I felt like I was my own best distraction and entertainment. Screw television or movies or even books for fun — just look at old pictures! I’m telling you it has been one of the most entertaining pastimes that I have yet to discover. So the next time you’re feeling a little down, stressed, or just bored for that matter, get on Facebook or your phone and scroll as far back as you can. I promise you, you will be thoroughly entertained.