The things we leave behind disappear from our lives — but not the world. This week, make one of them your centerpiece.
A few weeks ago on Discover, Ben published a post highlighting a group of bloggers who seek out and photograph “modern ruins” — disused twentieth-century structures that are gradually falling into decay. Physical manifestations of a time we’ve only just left behind, their dilapidation has a strange, otherworldly beauty.
The things we leave behind — buildings, people, experiences — rarely disappear altogether. When we look back, we find ruins. Remnants. Echoes. A run-down building; a mannerism you’ve inherited from a person no longer in your life.
This week, create a post about something you’ve left behind. What is your existence like without it? What is its existence like without you? What does revisiting it make you feel? What does the future hold for it? Will you ever look back at it again?
This doesn’t have to be a negative post, or one focused on a painful loss — the photographers in the Discover post look back with curiosity, wonder, and nostalgia, not regret. It can be, if you’d like, but you can just as easily take your inspiration from a bad habit you’re thrilled you’ve left behind, the home you once lived in and remember fondly, or the third-grade teacher who had a huge impact on you but is no longer in your life.
Take a moment to pause and look back, and share what you find.