Exactly 500 Fridays ago, I started ARPF. It was 7 pictures. I had no intention on doing it every single Friday, I just started and like most things I tend to do I don't stop. I put a LiveStrong bracelet on the night the Red Sox won the World Series back in 2004 and have never taken it off. I played 9 seasons of football with it on and it survived somehow. That's kind of like ARPF.
500 consecutive Fridays. It hasn't always been easy. I've battled depression over the course of this run and although many times ARPF was a mild form of artistic therapy, others it was a burden - something I felt like I had to do. And no one likes doing something they feel like they're forced to do.
Streaks are fun for me, and recently I thought about ending ARPF with this one. I thought about putting 500 random photos of myself. I thought of putting the same photo 500 times. I even thought of curating 1 photo from each post, ultimately deciding against that because of how long that would take. Which brings me to the 500 photos idea - I figured a couple weeks back 500 would take me at least 3-4 hours to post. Most weeks I choose from 200-300 before I find what I feel is a complete ARPF, which would mean I'd need a couple thousand to sort through. It'd be precisely the thing I don't want ARPF to be - a chore.
And so I came to this conclusion - you won't find 500 photos, you certainly won't see that many of me. I think it would be just fitting to post a normal ARPF. This one is special to me. It's only the second post in which I've written anything. I've included two photos of the original post. My way of honoring ARPF and what it has become for me, the first photo will be the very first photo I posted for ARPF, and breaking with recent tradition of the final photo being one of my family or friends, I will post the final photo of that original post.
I can't say that this has been easy at all - I've had to queue up many ARPFs for Fridays that I knew I wouldn't be around, whether I'd be at a show or on vacation or without WiFi, and although many times I queue ARPF up, those instances are much more difficult because I have one or two fewer days to get it together.
In any event, 500 is a good round number, some might say a perfect number to stop at.
But I'm not.
I can't promise another 500, because life gets in the way, but I will promise that I will do it as long as I enjoy it. I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have.
Happy Friday and enjoy #500.