You don’t think a second is long enough to capture life. Try it:
What happened? Nothing big. You held your breath. The dog’s tail wagged. Someone screamed, but even the yell lasted longer than a second. Nothing worthy.
Last year, I would have agreed. Made some pithy comment about how a second was shitty and really life needed at least three seconds to blossom. I would have backed it up with some silly research I read once somewhere a long time ago.
But yet again… I’m wrong. Dead wrong.
One second is plenty of time to showcase life. In one second you can capture:
- Pool hijinx.
- Ice cream shared with a friend.
- A sassy stroll through the grocery on date night.
- A card trick.
- The dog’s happy “hello”.
- A dash through the sprinkler.
- A school Christmas performance.
- The first blush with Kindergarten.
- A hug between friends.
- The summer ritual of picking the perfect ears of corn.
- Holiday traditions.
- Regular TV viewing habits.
- Guacamole for Kid-free Mother’s day.
- Trying new things.
- Date nights spent with friends.
- Tons of good friends’ visits.
- Jaunts through Target.
- Toddler kung fu.
- Brothers’ unflinching love and adoration.
- A father’s smile.
- Our perfectly average life
Sure, I didn’t One Second the stand-offs around pants versus no pants or the arguments regarding laundry piles. Slammed doors and angry words weren’t captured. Did I record the millionth, “Can I get this app? Can I get this app?” Nope. Those everyday nuisances weren’t recorded because that’d be cruel. No one wants to watch a crying kid or a pissy spouse (I don’t want to deal with my own crap and I don’t want to see yours either).
But we forget about the simple moments: a kid taking out the recycling, a visiting puppy, the common backyard games. These are easily over-shadowed by the bullshit adulthood brings. The One Second project takes those otherwise unimportant moments and boils them down to a simple syrup of happiness and gratitude.
It reminds us that Life actually does happen in a string of seconds. And when I watch our year, I’m grateful for every single one.
Try it for yourself. I can’t be wrong twice.