“We do not remember days; we remember moments.”

I have a terrible memory. My wife can attest to that. For example, I’ve been taking lunch to work for years now, but every night before work I leave a note on the counter that says “Food.” It’s a daily reminder to get my lunch out of the fridge. Without that note, I forget my lunch every time. And to be honest, I’ll probably never remember to bring my food to work.

On the other hand, I have some moments ingrained in my head that I will never forget. Like when Liam was born. Hearing his first cry made me cry. It was loud and beautiful at the same time. As the doctor placed Liam on my wife’s chest, he instantly became quiet and fell to sleep, skin to skin. It’s a beautiful moment I will never forget. My wife and I talk about it all the time. It’s something that we will never forget.

As I get older I’m beginning to finally learn that the only thing that matters is love and memories. I want to make sure to show love as much as I can to the people around me while making as many memories as possible. The love provides me a beautiful life here on earth and the memories I create allows me to live forever in the hearts and minds of other people.

Which reminds me of a podcast I was listening to a few weeks ago. The moderator asked the guest speaker if it was possible to live forever. His reply:

Yes, it is possible to live forever but not in the way you are thinking about immortality. He said the only way to live for eternity is to create a legacy that lives on past your physical death. That the goal isn’t to live forever, the goal should be to create something that will. 

-Mario Ashley