This past summer, an old friend came by for a visit. We had been close during our teenage years and into our twenties. However, after we both married and moved to other towns, we lost touch. This reunion was close to 25 years in the making.
After catching up with current family news, we decided to look through old photographs. I have hundreds of pictures in boxes and albums. Family photos, school pictures, and family trips make up about half of the pictures. The remainder is of the good times I had with my friends.
When we finally came across a box with photos of our teenage years, my friend laughed. “These are hilarious!! I've lived at least three lives since then - I'm looking forward to maybe five more.”
I understand this sentiment entirely. I have lived several lives over the years, learning and growing from each. Instead of lives, however, I think of them as my “faces”. When I look at my facial expressions in photographs, I can immediately remember what I was doing, how I felt and how much I‘ve changed since then.