2015 Best Nine

It’s the last day of the year and everyone is probably reflecting and reminiscing about how fast another year has gone by and how much you’ve changed or stayed the same and the list goes on. Even if you don’t take the initiative to think about your life in 2015, social media platforms have come up with countless ways to lure you to think about it.

If you are on Instagram, I’m sure by now you would have noticed the #2015bestnine hashtag that accompanies a collage of your supposedly best nine moments of the year. Your best moments are those that got the most “likes”. As an avid user of social media, I decided to give it a shot. Surely it will do its job and will compile the top 9 moments of 2015, I thought to myself.

This is what I got:

Honestly, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed.

Yes these were some great moments of 2015 but it can’t possibly be the best! How about the Cambodia trip? How about volunteering for Pink Dot? HOW ABOUT THE TRIP TO MYANMAR?!

I took a step back and thought about it. #2015bestnine doesn’t really compile your best nine moments of 2015, it compiles the best nine moments validated by others about your life. As it is, social media is largely about being (aesthetically) validated and affirmed by your peers more than what you think is true, or beautiful.

At the end of the day, it is nothing wrong jumping onto the bandwagon and use #2015bestnine to compile your best moments of the year. But let us not feel compelled to acknowledge those moments as indeed your best nine.

Afterall, the quality of moments can’t be measured by mere representations. Much less “likes” by others.


Originally published at neptunethings.wordpress.com on December 31, 2015.

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