Sometimes you never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory
I loved this phrase when I saw it. It didn’t come with a signature which is too bad because I would like to know who came up with it. What a true statement indeed. Many people live life so fast that it whips by them far too quickly.
Many do take the time to challenge themselves with different activities like scuba diving, sky diving, paragliding, bungy jumping, zip-lining, rock climbing etc. But it seems to me it is only a “one-time” experience and then on to the next activity. Many of the activities I just listed are amazing, adventurous and thrill seeking enough to put a smile on your face for weeks, but gone are the days of courses that took hours to learn them. Now, I just see other people looking after everything and you are only along for the ride.
You get attached to the required gear and trust the person looking after you. You are blissfully unaware of all the things that can go wrong.
One thing for me, if I do look back at all the thrill seeking activities I have experienced, I did savor the moment and I did tackle them with a vengeance. As for scuba diving, I became an instructor. As for rock climbing, I took many courses, found a group of friends and we looked after each other. I had an emergency plan if I hiked alone. I took CPR, First Aid and rescue courses to have the ability to save others if the situation ever presented itself.
Therefore, I feel I savored the moments well beyond the one-time experience. Having said this, I did a tandem skydive only once. That was my intention, only once. But, boy did I grill the instructor for a long time to ensure he was experienced enough to look after me.
My point in all of this is to slow down and savor the moments while they are happening. Don’t watch the sunset drop and then walk-away. The best part of that experience is after the sunset. That is when the colors become magnificent.
Take some part of your day to breath slowly, savor what you are experiencing or looking at. Hang on to your moments and make them exceptional as much as you can. Your memories will thank you for it.