Live a life worth remembering.
I think the typical person would look at those words and think in terms of posthumous legacy, but when I look at those words I see it differently. When I see those words, I think of living a life that is full of experiences worth looking back on personally. Life is hard, full of unknowns, and can have its slower moments, but life never needs to be boring. A life worth looking back on is a life well worth being lived — and it starts today.
A couple years ago I read a tweet that said “you don’t remember the nights you had plenty of sleep” and I couldn’t agree more. When I reflect on the tweet, I see a deeper core that I would sum up by saying memories happen when you do something different. When the routines of life are broken up, that’s when memories are made. It’s so easy to get into a habit of doing the same thing day in and day out and that’s when the mundane starts to creep in.
Life calls for routine and habit. There’s no way we would survive without either of them. That doesn’t mean we can’t sprinkle some salt or squeeze some sriracha sauce over the dish that is our everyday patterns. Do something that scares you or do something different. It doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t have to be costly.
Call up an old friend, talk to a stranger, try a new restaurant, or pick up a hobby you’ve always been interested in. Take a risk. Take a chance. You can’t lose — you’ll either learn something or have a good time.
Do something different, miss out on a little sleep, and live a life worth remembering.