Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life 2016 project starts tomorrow. I’ve never completed an album for a Week in the Life project before, but I did take photos in for Week in the Life 2009. We were on vacation in Vancouver, so it wasn’t a typical week, but I figured I’d be taking lots of photos anyways, so why not add a few more of the details of our days. After that week, I was overwhelmed by the number of photos to organize and how to create an album with them, and all the little details that I forgot. I found the photos from this week recently, and was struck by how different our lives were then. The week doesn’t reflect our typical daily life from that time, but I still see glimpses of our routines. My how things have changed in the last seven years – diapers, duplo, strollers and colouring books are not part of our lives anymore. Rather than regretting not completing this project when I saw the photos, I finally felt inspired to start working on an album for them, even without some of the details and words that would complete the full story. And I’m inspired to try again.
So I’m scrambling a bit to get ready, or at least come up with a game plan. It has to be simple, or I’ll run the risk of not completing it again. I have signed up for the free community/class on Ali’s site, joined the Facebook group, printed off the daily sheets and started to brainstorm a list of things I want to capture this week. Our daily life will be very different next year. My family is months away from having a teenager and having a child in high school. This feels huge to me. It feels like the beginning of the end of the ‘little boy’ years. It makes me proud, happy, sad and sentimental all at once.
My process for this project will have to be quite simple. Our schedule is pretty full this week, more so than usual with a couple of birthdays and a fencing tournament next weekend. I’ll need to build a routine and try to follow it. I’m looking forward to writing reflections on the day each evening, but I know that I’m certain to miss some. I’ve printed out the ‘daily sheets’ from Ali’s website, but will also set up a place in my Midori to record the details of our days. I’m more likely to write in my Midori than remember where I put some printed papers.
I don’t feel ready, but I’m excited to get started tomorrow. As looking back on my previous attempt proves, even incomplete and imperfect will capture so much more than not trying at all.