The concept of videoing or filming moments of our life certainly isn’t new if you’ve spent time on YouTube. While the concept of filming every day is perhaps newer, we’ve seen some examples where people have recorded at least every year for a several decades. A guy named Sam Klemke was one of those ahead of the herd in this department, and he managed to record 35 years worth of his life. In 2011, he uploaded this video compilation that went year by year backwards until reaching 1977 when he was a brash young teen. What made the video all the more compelling is the statement he made in 1977 that had him talking to his future self.
This play on time is extremely rare and also very valuable to give a better sense of time in relation to our own lives. It’s something most of us wish we’d done, even if we already have plenty of family pictures and home movies stored away. Regardless, seeing a compilation of every year or day in your life can bring a fulfillment that may not be lost on those just turning 18 now.
It’s these people that a new app called “1 Second Everyday” is seemingly trying to target. Started as a Kickstarter campaign a couple of years ago, the app has been available for a while after an enthusiastic backing. Arguably, it’s one of the true standout apps available based on how easy it is to use in recording one second of your life every day. After a year, you already have a significantly long home movie that can show you your whole life in one-second snippets.
Imagine having this from the moment you’re born on up to where you are now. For those who forget things easily, it could be your memory guide when your regular memory fails you. Others may find it an overly emotional experience, especially in the future after a decade or more of life experience.
The person who created the “1 Second Everyday” app (Cesar Kuriyama) already shows video proof of how emotional this can be in recording just two years. On the app’s website, you can see a complete video covering every day of two years in just a few minutes. For those skeptical, each scene holds long enough to register in your mind so it mimics the feel of memory recall.
While this app is catching on in popularity, will a younger generation start recording every day of their life now to make up for what prior generations didn’t do?
Making Up for Lost Time
This app doesn’t necessarily have to target only Millennials who may start documenting their life daily from here on out until they die. Those much older could start using the app now to make up for not thinking of doing the same thing decades ago. In prior decades, there weren’t many Sam Klemke’s around, or at least as far as we know. Perhaps more people did the same thing and have yet to reveal their videos on YouTube. In fact, there could be some still in the process of making their life movie, perhaps after 50 years. Seeing one that went backwards even further in time would be the highlight of YouTube’s video history.
Despite having plenty of home movies of my family from when I was younger, I have a considerable amount of life events that received no visual record. Fortunately, I have an overly vivid memory and can recall just about all of them as if I was still there. In that instance, the “1 Second Everyday” app might be overwhelming if I viewed everything back. And that might be the ultimate danger for some people in viewing their entire lives. Sometimes memory is better served in remembering our lives so we don’t become an emotional wreck when viewing the reality of our entire lives all at once.
They say your entire life flashes by you when you’re on your deathbed. Technology is now giving us that chance long before we hopefully reach the deathbed stage. If nothing else, it’s going to give Generation Y a new perspective on life in making every day count and not treat every day as something ordinary. No matter what might transpire that’s overly banal or boring, Kuriyama’s video above proves something interesting happens in each part of a day that you can choose to capture for posterity.
With future events perhaps being more than a bit startling in coming years, you have to imagine a video from this app in 50 years will be more compelling than anything movies can ever create.