I have written before about memories and their impact on your happiness. But I wanted to share one quick anecdote. People continue to strive for different material things that they believe will make them happy, but at the end of the day (or more importantly end of one’s life), memories are what you will always have.
Do a quick test of this hypothesis. Think of something in the past where you bought something that you “needed” to have, e.g., that latest device. How does it make you feel today? Now, think of a time where you invested in an experience, like a trip to somewhere that you always wanted to visit, e.g., London or Europe. Which one created the best memories?
This past weekend, I attended my 40th high school reunion. My former classmates and I not only relived old memories but also built new ones that we can put in our memory lockers to pull out and experience again later. While I was apprehensive going in, it was a great weekend. The smiles and laughs were so contagious that I am sure everyone had a fantastic time.
Part of creating a memory is taking time to truly enjoy the experience. You will hear some people say to mentally take a snapshot in the moment – meaning to truly experience the moment and not just let it pass you by. In the future, there will be things that trigger your memory vault and you will be able to relive the experience. The good news about technology and social media today is that posts, pictures, and stories automatically stimulate memories. I can tell you that I have been reliving my reunion already based on all the pictures being posted.
So the next time you are thinking to yourself, “wow, I am having a really great time”, pause in the moment and enjoy the moment. You will be able to relive it again over and over in the future.
How do you capture memories?