I’ve never really taken a selfie before. Of course, it’s never too late to try something new.
According to the Oxford Dictionary online a selfie is, “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
I realize that my pictures were not taken with a smartphone or webcam, but they were taken with a self timer, making them taken by myself and of myself. They are now being uploaded to this blog. So, for the purpose of my journal, I think they will work.
I thought it would be fun to combine the love of the selfie shared by many young people and a little bit of what I have been learning in Alaska this week. I’m calling this My Selfie Photo Journal.
Christmas lights in February? Why not? Winter in Alaska is usually colder, harsher and longer than it is in other places in the United States. (Notice that I said “usually.”) The darkness certainly lasts longer. I took this picture at 7:15 in the morning. The sun will not show its face for another two hours today! According to a friend living in Eagle River, the mayor of his town made a formal request that everybody leave their Christmas lights on throughout these dark months. I guess it’s a way to brighten up the dark days of winter until the sun decides to return in full force!
(What are some of the things that you do to brighten your winter days?)
This mural was painted on the side of a building. Every town, city and village has something that it is known for around the world. Whales have been extremely important to Alaskan natives. Many years ago one whale could mean the survival of an entire village through the harsh winter months.
(What is your area of the world known for?)
This is a sculpture of Balto at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla. Similar to the mural above, sculptures are used to remind us of important events and people (or other characters) in the history of a place. Although Balto certainly could never have run the serum to Nome without the other 160 dogs, he has come to symbolize the heroic act these dogs played in saving the town from the diphtheria epidemic. Otherwise it could have killed thousands in 1925.
(Who is an important person to you? Remember, people don’t have to be famous to be important. Maybe, like Balto, your important “person” is not a person at all!)
Here I am in front of a dog truck at the Iditarod headquarters. The mushers have to bring their dogs to headquarters for checkups before the beginning of the race. Each dog has a physical, blood test, and EKG. This is a lot of work for the mushers. It’s also very expensive. However, they do it year after year because they love it. Mushing is a way of life.
(What is something you do because you love it that may cost a lot of money and may not be easy? Why do you choose to do it?)
When I applied for Iditarod Teacher On The Trail™ it was more than a passing thought or one more thing I hoped to add to a list of accomplishments.
Helen Keller once said, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing.” This trip has been part of my adventure. It has been part of my life story. I’m not going to say this was easy. Actually, it has been a lot of work. However, I will be forever changed because of my time here in Alaska.
(Have you had an experience that has changed you forever? If so, what was it? If not, think of something you would love to accomplish, do, or see in your lifetime. Think big. Really, really big.)
Write a selfie journal. Take pictures or draw them. Remember that your life is an adventure. Live it to the fullest.