This photo you hate today, you will look back and love Wise Words in the Passport Office

By Abi King | Behind The Scenes

Jun 20

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Conversation in the passport processing centre…

Passport lady: which photo do you want me to use?

Me: I don’t mind. I don’t like any of them.

<Passport lady picks up photo>

<Passport lady waves it at me>

Passport lady: In 10 years time when I see you again, you will be telling me that you love this and you don’t want to let it go.

This photo you hate today, you will look back and love.

And you will hand me a new photo. And tell me you hate it.

This photo you hate today you will look back and love

Nice point, well made ;-)


Hee! Like this.

Last time we had our passports redone, the lady taking Pete’s photo made the most AWFUL face when she snapped the first one and said: “You’re gonna wanna do that again.” I like your passport lady better.

    Abi King June 29, 2013

    Mwahaha! Oh well, better that she told you then I suppose!

thewolfwilltravel June 25, 2013

Wow, simple and true!

Gonna have a quick re-look through my old photos and see how many I ‘hated’ back then! #inspired!

    Abi King June 29, 2013

    Nothing beats looking at old photos to cheer you up – either because you looked so good or because you now realise you looked awful ;-) Fluorescent legwarmers and shoulder pads for example…

Global Nomads June 27, 2013

Hopefully in 10 years there is no more passport lady or passport office and we have to go to a museum if we want to see a passport.

They are the most ridiculous pieces of paper and represent the only human right you have to pay for: the freedom of movement. For the sake of fairness there should also be a fee for the freedom of speech and religion.

    Abi King June 29, 2013

    I hear where you’re coming from but you have to pay for food and water too, at least in the region covered by said passport! Borders and nationalities baffle me but they seem crucial to so many other people…to the extent that they are willing to die for them.

    Maybe in 100 years…?!

Karen July 3, 2013

Ah the little tidbits of wisdom that sometimes get dropped on us out of no where. And you know, she probably is really right. I’ve definitely dug up some old gems of my own while sifting through my photo archive…

    Abi King July 3, 2013

    I sometimes wonder whether we’re just not capable of seeing ourselves as we actually are until a period of time has passed…

Emma Guthrie July 3, 2013

Had the most terrible passport photo from the local Post Office this year.. Don’t know if I still hate it in ten years time?! ;D

Love your story, Abi.

    Abi King July 3, 2013

    Nah – you’ll love it by then as a fond friend who has travelled the world with you :-)

Jane July 14, 2013

Totally agree with her. I wrote about it here:

Love your blog. Some truly wonderful posts on here. :-)

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