A few weeks ago, Terry showed me a You Tube video in which a man who buried a time capsule back in 1976 goes back to dig it up.
The whole thing really captured my imagination. I’ve always loved the idea of time capsules, but this one was particularly interesting to me, because it was uncovered by the same person who’d burried it, almost 40 years earlier, so he got a really unique opportunity to look back into the mind of his younger self, and see all of the things that he’d considered important back then.
So, this obviously got me thinking. I’m not about to start burying my possessions, obviously (I mean, the very thought!), but with the end of the year approaching, wouldn’t it be cool to at least think about the things I’d put into my 2015 time capsule? For this, I wanted to focus on personal items: the things that will always remind me of this year in particular, rather than reminders of world events, or anything like that. It won’t be hard for people in hundreds of years, after all, to find out what was in the news in 2015 (and actually, thanks to the internet it probably won’t be hard to find out what people’s lives were like either), but the minutiae of day-to-day life is something that often gets forgotten (sometimes even by ourselves), which is a shame, because the little things can be just as intersting as the big ones.
(Er, not in this case, though. This is really just a collection of my STUFF: I just want to make that clear, so you’re not disappointed…)
Working out what I’d put in my 2015 time capsule was actually harder than I’d thought it would be when I came up with the idea. It was tricky to narrow it down to things that would remind me of this year specifically, for instance, because a lot of things have remained the same. I also found that most of the things I came up with related to our holiday to California this year: I guess the events that are in some way out-of-the-ordinary will always be more memorable than the things you do every day. I’ve done my best to strike a balance between the two, though, and with that lengthy preamble out of the way, here are the things I’d put inside my 2015 time capsule…
01. My dressing table
Yeah, OK, OK, it’s going to be a really freaking large time capsule: HUGE, in fact. And the first thing I’d put in it would be my new (because it still feels new to me, even although I’ve had it for months now…) dressing table. Re-decorating our bedroom was the biggest change we made to the house this year, and although I’ll obviously still be using this dressing table for years to come, this was the year I bought it, and it will always remind me of it. I sit at this table every single day, and it’s one of my favourite things in the house, so as ridiculous as it might sound, it’s going in the time capsule, and you can’t stop me. So there.
02. My black leather biker jacket
I know you’re all probably sick to death of seeing this jacket by now, but not only was it my favourite clothing purchase of the year, and something I’ve been wearing constantly since I got it, the fact that I bought it on the first day of our holiday means it will always remind me of that, too.
03. My book
One of my biggest achievements of 2015 was finally finishing the first draft of that book I’ve been wanting to write for, oh, my entire life, basically. It’s not a novel, and it’s also not yet made it out of “rough draft” stage, which is why I’ve used this handy sign to represent it, rather than the book itself. Hopefully one year I’ll have a REAL book to put in the time capsule, but 2015 will always be The Year of the First Draft, and that’s something I’d like to remember it for.
04. This lip balm
Scent and taste are such powerful memory triggers, aren’t they? To this day, there are certain scents that take me instantly back to my childhood: this lip balm, meanwhile, will always take me back to 2015, and, specifically, to that holiday in California, which is where I bought it. Well, I did warn you there would be quite a few mementos of THAT holiday, didn’t I?
05. My blog planner
Including my own blog in the time capsule feels a bit like the kind of thing Kanye West would do (If he was me, I mean. I very much doubt Kanye would include my blog in his OWN capsule, although it would be pretty cool if he did…), but hey! 2015 was the year I really started to focus on growing this blog, which had previously always been a bit of an afterthought. I didn’t manage to hit the goals I’d set myself, but I did make a lot of progress towards them, and this planner holds all of the posts, all of the ideas, and probably quite a few of the tears of frustration I shed along the way. I didn’t really intend for it to become a record of my blogging days, but it’s good to have one, all the same!
07. This coffee mug
So, it seems a bit uninspired to include something as everyday as a coffee mug in a time capsule, but like I said, sometimes the little details are the ones I most enjoy recording, so here it is. I’ve always thought it was a bit sad that something can be part of your everyday life for years, but still end up being totally forgotten about: I use this mug (or one of a few like it) on a daily basis, but, clumsy as I am, I know I’ll end up breaking it sooner or later, so at least I know it’ll live on in my time capsule! (Er, that WAS a bit weird, wasn’t it? Moving on…)
08. My Fitbit
I got totally obsessed with my Fitbit this year: so much so that I can barely even look at it right now without feeling guilty, and like I should get up and start doing laps around the room or something. I’ve managed to wean myself off it now, but while I may well go back to it, I’ll always connect it with 2015!
09. The cork from the bottle of cava we drank on the 10th anniversary of T-Day
You know what? I really need to stop keeping corks as mementos of special occasions, because how on earth are you supposed to remember which one’s which? Full disclosure: this may or may not be the ACTUAL cork used. But it’s A cork, at least. So it will remind me of … something.
10. The Chicken
This is The Chicken. He mysteriously appeared in my bathroom one morning when we were on holiday, and everyone in my family denied putting him there. I got my own back by insisting on taking him with me everywhere after that, and photographing him enjoying the sights of California and Las Vegas. The Chicken and I had an awesome trip together – and this is the last time I’ll mention it in this post, I promise.
11. Our tickets to the midnight showing of Star Wars
… which brings up right up to date!
And now I have to ask: