“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. Seuss
I remember as a child thinking that my birthday, Christmas, Easter, summer, etc., was never coming. I would “never” be whatever age it was that I longed to be. And I would “never” get to do whatever it was that I wanted to do. Every year seemed like two and nothing I did would make it go any faster.
But now, looking back on my life so far, I realize that everything–every moment in time– passed much too quickly. Those birthdays, Christmases, Easters, and summers that would “never” come…they’re all just memories now. Memories that are little more than vague acknowledgements of their occurrences. I spent my younger years so focused on making time pass that I didn’t stop to truly absorb the moments in my life. I didn’t engage with what was actually happening enough to commit the details to my memory.
What I really want you to know is that time is one of those things that we don’t control. It passes. And when you look back on your lives one day, I want you to see beautiful, vivid images of all the people, places, and events that colored your existence.
Engage. Be in every moment of your lives. Pay attention to the people and the activity around you. This is where life happens. It isn’t always the big stuff that produces the greatest memories. In fact, it’s usually in the smallest things and seemingly most unimportant details that we find the greatest happiness. These times make life worth living–worth remembering.
Cherish every moment of your lives. Even the bad stuff because you’ll never see a rainbow unless you’ve felt a little rain.