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Redeeming Selfies: 2021

Updated: Dec 31, 2022



Me and my Parents in the Christian Faith, Carl & Aline Guillaume.

I started taking selfies more this year. I have photos on my iPhone dating back to 2015 and I've taken more selfies this year than I have in the past 6 years combined.


Different social media platforms are rampant with selfies on their feeds. I actually use to cringe at the ideas of selfies because of the focus on self. I think the human race would benefit if there were fewer things and activities that pointed us back to ourselves in selfish ways.


I did a 100-day shirt challenge this year and I needed to take a photo each day of me wearing the shirt so that I can qualify for the prize at the end of this challenge. It was really fun and stretched me a lot, here are my reflections on that challenge in this post here: https://www.wohnal.com/post/day-100


I started off taking selfies at the beginning but then I got the idea that I should take selfies with others! I finished the challenge but I kept on talking with selfies with others so that I can have a visual of the memories we made.


I had the idea of redeeming selfies after I took a picture with Steve and Beth Stetler at the Southwest Bible Methodist Camp we were at together this year in August.




This was the first and last picture we would take altogether. Pastor Steve Stetler ended up passing away a few weeks after we spent time together and took that picture. This picture will help me bring back memories of my time with Steve.



So, after I realized I took my first ever and last ever selfie with Steve Stetler on this side of time, I was determined to take more selfies with people I love, those who have influenced me, those who have made a difference in my life, those whom I look up too, people I love, and good friends of mine.


I made the selfies I took this year more about others and not so much about me. I have good memories tied to these photos! What follows is how I redeemed selfies this year:


"I'm so thankful for friendship. It beautifies life so much."- Anne Of Avonlea










Sources:

Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud). Anne of Avonlea. Boston :Godine, 1909.




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