I think we are all very aware of the fact that our life will change in the near future. Some will attend university, some will start to work, but the life we know now- spending every Friday in Coffee Lounge or Downtown drinking Cappuccino- won’t stay the same.
Knowing that we won’t live this kind of life forever, we try to retain as many memories as possible, taking photos or filming everything we want to remember- which is not a bad thing at all. Imagine being 80 years old, sitting in a rocking chair on your front porch and looking at a video of you and your friends stealing road signs while you’re really drunk, or a photo of your best friend drinking that champagne you stole from his dad’s basement. It’s actually a lovely thought that one day you will be able to look back on today and remember the great time you had.
But the point I’m trying to make is, do not only think about that porch- don’t forget to actually live. It’s not all about capturing moments. Do not worry that you’ll forget something important that happened to you, rather try to enjoy every moment as much as you can.
Keep your phone in your pockets for once and record that moment with your eyes. It’s more important to have the photo in mind than on your phone. I’m not saying that you should never take photos of your friends and you dancing in a nightclub, I mean it’s pretty fun to watch it the next day when you’re hungover and condemn yourself for the embarrassment you put yourself into.
But don’t forget to actually live the moment, because memories are worth nothing if you only care about making memories. You’ll regret it later. I think it’s more important to have fun during the good times than to capture them. (Note: Nobody cares about your 600 seconds long Snapchat-story of you and your friends dancing, please stop, the new update kinda forces us to watch it)
Memories are important but life’s happening now.
I have a lot of great memories, but I can’t imagine anything more exciting than the life I have now. – Rob Lowe