Alongside hitting snooze upwards of three times, my morning routine usually consists of checking the Timehop app on my phone. For those of you unfamiliar, Timehop connects to your social media accounts and tells you what you have posted on that day, however many years ago. In my case, Timehop usually reminds me of bad jokes I’ve made—though to be fair, I usually still laugh at them.
Sometimes when I read through an old status or tweet or Instagram picture, I’m reminded of more than just the post itself. I have flashbacks of the days and moments surrounding the post, getting a little glimpse into where I was when I posted it. This got me thinking: wouldn’t it be something if Timehop somehow tapped into those moments in time, both the good and the bad?
It would probably look something like this:
6 years ago today you said “you too” when the theater ticket taker said, “enjoy the movie.”
4 years ago today you woke up and felt inexplicably different about the relationship you were in.
2 years ago today you spent the entire day on the couch for no reason.
1 year ago today you ate 15 Oreos for breakfast and couldn’t eat anything for the rest of the day.
7 years ago today you fell in surface love with a person you saw on the freeway and spent a solid 10 minutes picturing what your future together would be like.
3 years ago today you looked in the mirror and liked what you saw for the first time in a long time.
5 years ago today you ate expired food from your fridge.
5 seconds ago today you were still wondering if it had any lasting effects.
14 years ago today you saw your favorite movie for the first time.
10 years ago today you made awkward small talk with a person who would become your best friend.
To be honest, I’m not sure if I’d like a deeper digging Timehop. I like the freedom of being able to block things out here and there. But I suppose the important thing to remember, both about the real Timehop, and the nosy, fictional one I’ve imagined, is that it can remind us of all the moments that have lead us to where we are now, and the ones currently leading us somewhere in the future. Today will be full of those moments, as will tomorrow. They won’t all be easy, but they’ll be necessary to help us get where we’re destined to go.