Do you know me? I’m the girl that spends the first 15 minutes of our time together taking selfies. No. Not with one of those annoying selfie sticks. The slightly off center, often out of focus and fixed up ones. You know your selfie game is strong when the two of you knows who has the longer arm. You try to edit out the needed botoxed places, and you never ever post anything without the approval of your girlfriends.
You edit and tag the photo, and spend a few minutes or 15 trying to decide which filter makes you look not crazy or pale or whatever it is you’re looking for. You want to bask in the sun? There’s a filter for that. Use it.
You could do the selfie game.
Or, you could pretend to have someone take your picture and then they beg you to tag them (I’ve done that too). Or you could be the guy that hates having his picture taken, hates selfies, refuses to be in any pictures. Either way, they are all on the spectrum of narcissism, yet your selfie taking friend takes the hit, because she seemingly loves her pics on the internet. I have one friend who constantly changes her profile picture, and I love it because she just looks more beautiful today than yesterday. It’s good. Because I love her.
So, you may wonder what exactly is the benefit of this selfie deal? It comes with the tags. I put it on instagram, and when it goes to every social media account I have (except Tumblr, that’s 13th & J, mofo), I have the ability to tag. And here’s the beauty of the tag on Facebook.
First, if you go to your tagged friends profile page, you see these little 3 dots.
After you click on those, this box comes up. Pick “See Friendship”. Facebook will then filter everywhere you and your friend have been. All of your selfies, check ins, music shared, tag status updates. It’s maybe my most favorite reason to selfie. It’s not for you. I mean, it is, look, here I am at Starbucks again (don’t judge). But, here I am with my bff, my kids, my man. And much later when I look at our relationship, I use this tool to peruse our history.
I love the selfie, because I love you, and I love our friendship, our relationship, our love. I want to catalogue all of it, and this is the best way to do it. Today, I took a selfie filled with eyes that are in desperate need of work. But this wasn’t that selfie. I stayed up late with 2 of my favorite girlfriends, eating pie and drinking coffee, and talking about love and romance, and how exactly any of us can risk getting hurt. Yet there we are talking about doing it anyway. So, my picture today was a 2am bedtime, no makeup, throw on a scarf and a Huskers shirt selfie.
And, when I look at this picture, I look at 2 girls who were college roommates almost 40 years ago, talking to these college girls at the next table who were in our sorority. I see two girls laughing over and fixing phone apps, talking about men and sex and college for our kids, and all of it. I don’t look good. Not even. But the selfie I was going for captured the moment of pure fun and joy, because I had much to discuss with her regarding this week. And when those college girls looked away from us, we were giggling with the common understanding of how many lives we’ve lived since we lived in Room 2 or 15 or wherever it was, and how even after all this time, I’m the one who lost the keys and banged on the window, and drank too much at Jim’s Place, and how now I can fix her phone because my ADHD world has it’s advantages.
Stop judging the selfie. Just hand me the camera. In 5 years, you can look back on this day and remember how much fun we had :)