Yesterday I received a Facebook message from a friend that I haven’t spoken to in a while. We met through a project – the school that I worked at did an annual concert with an orchestra and he was the composer for the music that we performed.
He now works for my former University that is currently moving to a new building. When he was cleaning out some of the cupboards, he found this:
That’s me, taken during my first year at university in 2001. My face was among all of the others in my year group – they must have kept photographic lists (remember, this is way before the massive development of computers and the internet as we now know it) of everyone and stored them away afterwards.
It was a four year degree (you had to stay an extra year if you wanted the ‘Honours’ to be part of the title) and I graduated in 2005. This means that my face has been in a cupboard for at least twelve years, to be discovered by a friend that I met just a few years ago.
I found the experience hilarious, particularly as he indulged me by sending me pics of some of my friends images that I am still in touch with so I could forward them on Facebook. We all look so young and fresh faced (although one of them had an ink stain on her pic so she looked like she had a beard) and it was a nice reminder of myself at that age, as there are very few pictures of me taken around that time.
But, it did get me thinking about the footprint we leave behind. If it hadn’t been my friend that had discovered the photographs then I wouldn’t have been aware that my picture was even there, nor the fact that someone had been looking at it. Ghosts of students past, and a reminder that it is indeed, a very small world.
What about you guys? Have you had any ‘ooh, it’s a small world’ experiences?
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