Dear Facebook Memories

Dear Facebook Memories,

We can’t remember the day you crept into our digital lives but we welcomed you.

Today, we write to you because unlike Father Christmas, we are certain that you will be paying us a visit more than once a year.

For starters, we would like to thank you.

Thank you for reaffirming that deciding to change that hairdresser was a smart move. Changing jobs was even smarter.

Thank you for creating the excuse to reconnect with people, even if it’s only to reminisce for a few minutes about that photo partying one summer night.

Thank you for popping up that memory for when we thought we will never feel something as powerful and beautiful again, only to look back and realize that we did and will probably do again.

Thank you for reminding us of the friendships, even the long lost ones, and allowing us to cherish the fact that even though some people have left our lives and are merely digitally present in it, it was meaningful, for as long as it lasted.

Thank you for refreshing our memory and letting us see that some things never change. Occasionally, it is a wonderful thing, laughing at that joke that never gets old. At times, it is deeply sad, just like wars that never seem to come to a halt.

Thank you for reminding us to be compassionate when it is not always easy to do so.

Thank you for making us realize that at some point we were digitally active for novelty’s sake only but as we grow older our posting activity grows along.

This timeless tradition of writing in Christmas will not be complete if we don’t ask for a wish to come true. We’ve been good this year, or at least, we’ve been better than our old selves on those memories, and that should count for something.

Dear Facebook memories, we’d simply like you to be kind for the coming year.

And we do know that your kindness is purely based on our actions, never more literally meant than now but still, we’d like to think that fortune plays a role.

We’d like every single person on those memories to remain in good health, and happy.

We’d like not to hear the same story, exaggerated love caption or motivational quote (we know that’s a tough one)

We’d like meaningful relationships to be cultivated past digital platforms.

And we’d like to embrace enoughness and not to set up for observing our digital life, for fear of ending up observing none of the actual one.

Merry Christmas!

Salma & GINAN

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