When you’re 64, what do you think will be more important? Things you don’t remember owning or moments with your loved ones?
We all know the usual cliches:
- Life is short
- No one gets out alive
- Another one bites the dust
- We all have one foot in the grave
In some way, we all realize and know we will die someday. And a lot of us don’t want to face that fact. Death does not discriminate. We may not have as much time as we think. So… what can we do?
We can collect moments, not things.
Find ways, every single day, to make a memory. Big or small. Pack a little note in a loved one’s lunch. Play with your kids instead of your phone. Take your dog to the park. Making memories doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. Sometimes a moment can be quiet and calm. Sometimes it can be sad.
As we age we realize the importance of the people in our lives and the time we spend with them. How many of us truly keep in touch with friends from high school? And I don’t mean Facebook friends who like pictures of your kids but never talk to you. I mean friends you still make time to get coffee or pick up the phone. I can’t.
But I bet you can remember some fun time from high school with them.
Sometimes a little thing will trigger one of those memories. They always bring a smile to my face and I appreciate those moments. I have been going through my photos from high school recently for the blog and it brings back even more memories. Beyond some big items, I couldn’t tell you what I owned without a photo of it. Or some kind of prompt. What matters is those moments I shared. The late nights. Driving around town. Live music shows. Those are what I remember.
As we get older, or maybe just as I get older, the need to possess things seems to fade. Why do I need X if I have no one to share it with? No one to make memories with? Sure, things are nice to have and we need some stuff but without people to share them with, does it really matter?
I am passionate about documenting couples and families because I want them to have those moments and memories to look back on. To share with children and grandchildren. To leave their legacy. Grandchildren aren’t going to care that you owned something. They want to hear the story of how you met. Or the weird things their parents did as kids.
Let’s focus on creating new memories, not acquiring things.
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