Understanding Life • Don’t You Miss The Way Things Were?


“Don’t you miss the way your camera refused to let you live behind the lens? A simple snap is no longer enough.”

There’s no denying the fast changing world we live in.

Social Media and technology have (and continue) to take over our lives and is quickly destroying the little things as it grows. We’re now nostalgic for the things that are only a memory. The simplicity we once took for granted.

Don’t you miss the way your camera refused to let you live behind the lens?

A simple snap is no longer enough. You now need angles, poses, props, and unnatural moments. Consider the life that’s getting lost between reality and your phone screen.

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Don’t you miss wandering through the high shelves at Blockbuster?

Friday night’s spent glancing at movie-after-movie.

You shamelessly wore your sweatpants and flip flops while clutching your freshly-picked-up-food. We’ve now lost adventure to convenience and the sound of laughter to the hollow clicks of our remotes.

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Don’t you miss the late-night-echo of your computer starting up?

You turned on the computer and cringed as the start up sound echoed through the house. Your bed was empty. Your heart was racing. You couldn’t check your favorite sites from your phone. You had to sneak out of bed (and back in) within hours.

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Don’t you miss when you could escape the online world?

And the people in it. You could leave the chaos outside. You could leave the drama, the bullying, and the gossip, as words behind a computer screen.

Text messages have now become haunting. They now leave us unable to run without the promise of being chased.

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Don’t you miss the first scribble in a brand, new, Agenda?

Fresh sheets waiting to be personalized.

Marked with doodles from class boredom. Hearts filled with crushes. Personalized script with weekend plans. Pages ripped out to pass notes to friends.


Don’t you miss the way things were?

This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • Nicole Hagelberg

    I absolutely agree! I just wrote a similar post about this. I have become a lot more mindful of how much time I spend on my phone and I try to read more on my off time during the week rather than watch TV. Thoughtful post!

    • Jennifer

      Hey, Nicole! I’ll have to take a look at your post 🙂 It’s great to see other perspective’s. My resolution is to put the technology and social media down, as well. The past 10 years have been such a strange transition as to how we live.

      Thank you for commenting 🙂

  • Anna Maxwell

    Nothing makes me happier than opening a new planner/journal to began to write. I’ve never really been one to be able to plan or journal online. Great post! xx

    • Jennifer

      I used to be the complete same. My life is fairly paper-free now, but I still LOVE the look/feel of a new planner. Thanks so much, Anna!