The goal of the video was to show what 24 hours on earth from my perspective looks like through a series of 1-2 second point-of-view, or POV-style clips. Despite all my initial apprehensions about the day-long project— after, all if somebody has a snapstory over 100 seconds, according to my roommate, the pro golfer: “They’re being full of themselves and trying to prove that their life is better than yours. Either that or they’re just being annoying and snapping useless sh*t,”— the response I got was overwhelmingly positive.
Last Friday, January 16, I posted a 414 second long story on Snapchat.
Here’s the whole thing in case you missed it/are interested/want to show a friend/care:
The stupid-long snapstory
The video was kind of a hit. I had a lot of people coming up to me and telling me that they had been enjoying watching my snapstory progress throughout the day. Many acquaintances from high school sent me snaps and texts saying it was “cool to see what an average day was like as a Stanford student.” Some people’s particularly favorite scenes were the shower scene (1:12), the passive-agressive note on the kitchenette wall (2:18), and the scene in which one of my particularly knowledgable friends attempted to explain particle entanglement to me in a slurry, drunken stupor (4:35). The video was fun to watch, and it was certainly fun to make.
At the end of the day, I hope that the viewers of this snapstory are able to take away an important message: That because everybody experiences a totally different series of events throughout their lifetime, each person on this earth is completely and perfectly unique. My perspective of life is completely different from my pro-golfer roommate’s, whose is different from our intoxicated physics whiz friend’s, whose is likewise different from the perspectives of every single person who watched that snapstory. (This is the part when we come full circle.)
I’m glad all my Snapchat followers enjoyed my story. Their appreciation saved me from the very real threat of social humiliation. (A quick but sincere thank you to all who fall under that category– You know who you are!) HOWEVER *sticks pointer finger into the air* there is nothing in terms of remarkability that distinguishes my perspective of the world from anybody else’s. I’m channeling my best Kindergarten teacher voice when I say, as unparadoxically as I can manage, “Everybody is special.”
This idea of perfection and uniqueness in human life brings me to call upon a term that has been discussed in one of my classes entitled “Thinking About the Universe.” (Because thinking about anything less formidable would be tooooo easy.) This term is called the Anthropic Principle, and it states that we humans observe the universe to be as it is, in perfect natural balance, because only in such a universe could observers like ourselves exist. It responds to the person that says, “Wow! If our universe was only one degree hotter during the early stages of the universe, we wouldn’t be here right now!” by saying, “But of course, the universe wasn’t one degree hotter, it was the temperature that it was, and thus we were created, and thus we are able to consciously observe its perfection.” Indeed, if the universe were one degree hotter, nobody would be around to say, “Darn, if only it had been one degree colder…”
It is no coincidence that a planet perfect for sustaining life does in fact sustain ours. And according to this principle, it is no coincidence that a universe whose initial conditions during the Big Bang created the perfect laws of physics for sustaining lives, does in fact sustain them. Now here’s my proposal: It’s no coincidence that the experiences any given person has throughout their lives lead them to exactly where they are right now. Likewise, anybody’s current situation in life is no less perfect and meaningful than the mass of an atom, or the force of gravity. All lives are perfect, in every sense of the word, just as we are the perfect specimens who have evolved to live them.
Anybody’s current situation in life is no less perfect and meaningful than the mass of an atom, or the force of gravity.
My life is special because it is mine, and I love it. Your life is special because it is yours, and you ought to love it. I’ll never get to know your life like you do, so the next best thing is to make POV videos and share them on social media. It’ll have to do for now.
So go out and enjoy the next 24 and all the rest of the hours of your wonderful, unique, perfect life, Dear Reader. I personally am planning on spending the next few of mine bouncing around from class to class learning more wonderful things I’ll spend all my free time later writing about when I should be doing homework!
(Shameless personal plug)
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