I have seen this phrase appear increasingly often on social media, usually accompanied by a photo of an occasion.
It bugs me. I cannot explain why, and it is only a brief. I know I should just ignore the social media post and go about my day.
I cannot put a name to the feeling. Disappointment perhaps, at an increasing number of people seemingly focusing on making a memory of something rather than just enjoying a moment for what it is?
For most people I suspect it is actually nothing more than a status update on Facebook, little different from checking into a location. Memories will ‘be made’, but no different to the way memories were made before we could broadcast to the world that we are ‘making memories’.
This finally brings some substance to my blog post. It does remind me of something I once read (give me a minute).
A person is given the choice whether or not to they wish to go on a dream holiday. The down side being they would come back having no memories (or photos) of their time away. It would literally be as if they have never been.
It is of course a hypothetical question, but is does ask whether our memories of a holiday are just as important as the actual experience of being on holiday and making those memories?
This extends beyond holidays and travel. Broadway Shows are fantastic in themselves, but what if had no memory of them to discuss with friends? No way to re-live in our mind just how amazing the show was.
Live for the moment is cliché, but there is truth in it. However the past should by no means be ignored; it is the past and our memories that trigger some of our strongest emotions.