sometimes I get so caught up in hoping that people will like my photos that I forget why I take them.
I forget that I don't take these photos for the people who will maybe stumble upon them on Instagram one day and like them.
I forget that the whole reason why I take these photos is for me, because I like taking them, because they help me remember things I might forget one day.
I take them for the people in them, for the people that were a part of these memories, so that they can look back at them and remember the adventures we shared.
I don't take them for the likes, so why do I find myself caught up in that so often?
I took this photo so that my friend @emforman13 can remember how amazing and bad ass she is, because maybe she sometimes doesn't recognize her wonder and strength. She's thoughtful and she does things for people, like that time she told dodie about me and sent me a video. That day was a day I remember being my happiest, to the point of tears, just because *this* amazing person told *another* amazing person that I exist.
Like the time she let me and my friend stay with her in nyc and she showed us around so we wouldn't get lost.
Like that time way back in middle school, when we were at a sleepover, when we barely knew each other yet we talked all night about things that we cared about, things that made us feel something.
And somehow I didn't become friends with this person until last year, even though I had the chance to for many many years growing up.
I think it's important to remind your friends how amazing they are and to let them know that you care about them.
Because a lot of the time, we all hope someone will show that to us, but they rarely do for whatever reason.
So, my friend, I hope you're doing well and hopefully we can see each other again soon.
And thank you for your friendship 💛