Crippled CEO Blog #162:
For the last several years, I’ve been remiss about taking photos when doing interesting/fun things with friends. I’m not too concerned about posting my highlights on the social media platforms, so that wasn’t a motivation, and I also wanted to try to be present in what’s going on, and not experiencing it through the screen of my phone.
And that sounds really enlightened and sophisticated, right?
But I’ve changed my mind.
It’s not because I have suddenly decided that I want to flex my highlight reel for all of my followers — though I do post the photos when I take them now.
No, I’m doing it because of my parents.
My mom died when I was 29 and my dad died when I was 34.
I have, like, three photos of my mom and I together as adults, and only a few more of us from when I was a child. I have a handful more of my dad and I, but not a lot.
I don’t want to just flex on Facebook. I’m trying to flex at my funeral… and afterwards.
There is a good chance that most of my friends outlive me. I want the photo slideshow that plays at my funeral to be lengthy and fantastic. And after I’m gone, I want the people that cared about me to have lots of photos of us together to look on and remember.
And God forbid that one of my friends passes on before I do, I want to make sure that I took every photo I could with them while we were making memories together.
I want to be more like my parents in so many ways, but when it comes to this, I’m trying to learn from the mistakes they didn’t realize they were making.
I’m still getting better at this, though. So, if we are out together, doing something awesome, remind me to take a photo of us. It might be the one you cherish the most of me after I’m gone.
(Do you know who was taking some crazy photos that I can’t post on Facebook last night? Your mom. Your mom also gets a text from me every Sunday with a link to the latest blog post. Send a text to 561-726-1567 with the word CRIP as the message to get a link to the blog as soon as it’s up.
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