The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime.
– Pink Floyd
Today is a perfect day to make lasting memories – the kind you may someday share with your grandchildren. Here’s how:
- Try something totally new. – Variety truly is the spice of life. You can see or do something a million times, but you can only see or do it for the first time once. As a result, first time experiences usually leave a reflective mark in our minds for the rest of our lives. So spice it up!
- Entertain yourself with real-world experiences. – Great memories are the product of interesting life experiences. So turn off the television (or the computer) and get outdoors. Interact with the world, appreciate nature, take notice of the simple pleasures life has to offer, and just watch as life unfolds in front of you. (Read 1001 Things To Do If You Dare.)
- Work on something that’s meaningful to you. – Engage yourself in a meaningful personal project. Or pull the trigger on doing something you’ve wanted to do for a long time, but haven’t yet had the resolve to do. Life is short. Today is the day to take action.
- Challenge your mind and body. – Learn a new skill. Be creative. Build something from the ground up, no matter how small. Run farther than you’ve ever run before. Push yourself to the limits!
- Concentrate on less, but give it your best. – Slow down. Pay close attention to what you’re doing. Don’t waste time juggling forgettable tasks. Instead, concentrate on a few things that really matter. Engage fully in this day.
- Say “yes” to a spontaneous opportunity. – Everything in life can’t be planned. Some of the greatest opportunities will knock on your door when you least expect them to. Be flexible, be spontaneous, and just say “yes.”
- Complete an important piece of unfinished business. – Today is a perfect day to finish what you started. Few feelings are more satisfying than the one you get after an old burden has been lifted off of your shoulders.
- Document your day. – Take lots of pictures. Keep a journal. Document your day so you can review it in the future. Many moons from now, these old photos and journal entries will ignite your recollection of great memories from the past.
- Smile and notice what’s right. – Everything that happens in life is neither good nor bad. It just depends on your perspective. And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should. Either you succeed or you learn something. So stay positive, appreciate the pleasant outcomes, and learn from the rest. (Read How Full Is Your Bucket?)
- Be authentic. Be true to yourself. – Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Live by this statement. There is no such thing as living a good day in someone else’s shoes. The only shoes you can occupy are your own. If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living… you’re merely existing. And no day spent in a phony state of mere existence will ever be memorable or worthwhile.
- Assist someone in need. – In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Do something that’s greater than you, something that helps someone else to be happy or to suffer less. I promise, it will be an extremely rewarding experience. One you’ll likely remember forever.
- Take part in something you believe in. – This could be anything. Some people take an active role in their city council, some find refuge in religious faith, some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in and others find passion in their careers. In each case the psychological outcome is the same. They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in. This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives.
- Share time with a good friend and experience life together. – There are few things more satisfying than recounting the greatest moments of your life with your closest friends who lived these moments alongside you.
- Make a new friend. – People are interesting creatures, and no two people are exactly alike. So meet someone new today. Find out what makes them tick. They’ll likely open your eyes to fascinating ideas and perspectives. And you never know, they just might change your life.
- Do something fun and laugh it up. – Some of the most memorable moments in your life will be moments spent in laughter. (Read This Book Will Change Your Life.)
- Spend quality time with children. – Children live by their instincts openly and without hesitation. They are enthusiastic about life, eager to learn, and curious about everything. Watch how they play, how they live, how they create, how they ask questions. Play with them. If you have some of your own, great. If not, play with a child you care about. Lose yourself in the play. Be a dinosaur, or a gorilla, or a superhero. Make them squeal in delight, and feel free to do the same. If you don’t play with children often, I guarantee it will be a memorable experience.
- Forgive someone and reconnect with them. – Grudges are a perfect waste of happiness. If there’s someone in your life who deserves another chance, give it to them. If you need to apologize, do it. Give your story together a happy ending.
- Do something you’ve always wanted to do. – Take a small dream and make it a reality.
- Act like today is already an awesome day. – Do so, and it will be. Research shows that although we think that we act because of the way we feel, in fact, we often feel because of the way we act. A great attitude always leads to great experiences.
- Be present. Be here now. – I purposely left this bullet for last because it perfectly encompasses all of my previous points. Don’t let your life slip by. Instead of dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future, just practice being and living in the ‘now.’ Remember, right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. Don’t miss it.
Go now and make today unforgettable!
Photo by: Chimper
Melody | Deliberate Receiving says
What an awesome and all-encompassing list, Marc. I regularly practice many of the things you’ve mentioned, including learning new things on an ongoing basis, living in the now and being authentic. One thing I’ve dropped (not consciously) buy that never ceases to bring me tons of adventures is to just say “yes” more. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂
Frain Chakrit says
Thank you very much for such an inspiring article. I’m already working on implementing some of these ideas.
I’m a believer in #6. Say “yes” to a spontaneous opportunity. Often I think we’re so caught up not being present in our lives that we walk right by open doors of opportunity just waiting for us.
I love this post! I think it is so great to have things that we can do that will really allow us to experience and take advantage of the day. I loved everything on the list, but I really appreciated #3 and #9. Thanks for the inspiration.
Jaky Astik says
I think,..the best way to make today unforgettable is take a document it as you’ve said. When you achieve your goals that you started today, you will remember it and want to keep believing in yourself and your days… for years to come 🙂
Mark T says
Great article, as usually 🙂
By using these hints we can make every day unforgettable.
Imho for one “really big / unforgettable day” we have to work for harder (usually).
By plan: set your big goal, everyday do something small toward it and in “your big day” finish it.
Marvelous, as usual! I love all these points. Today is going to be unforgettable!
I really like that Concentrate on less, but give it your best and it rhymes!! Concentration –be it talking with someone, with money, with time always works!!
Linda/Positive Spin says
‘…right now is the only moment guaranteed to you.’
I wish I could live in the moment more than I do. We can spend so much time planning and looking forward to an unseen future, putting off stuff instead of travelling to where we’d love to be.
Thank you for this.
Just what I needed to read today.
Bryce Christiansen says
These are great. My contribution is to teach someone something new. I always feel amazing when someone I’ve helped feels like they’ve learned something from me.
David Moore says
Great article. I like #9, Everything that happens in life is neither good nor bad….
Jayne Kopp says
Hi Marc, what a wonderful list of suggestions. I do ‘try’ to live each and every day to it’s fullest and practice many of the suggestions on your list.
The older I get, the more I realize life is far too short not to make the best out of each and every day.
Thanks for such great reminders.
Nea | Self Improvement Saga says
Great ideas! I must say that #5 is so very important. It is easy to get caught up with long lists of goals and things to do. However, it’s actually a hindrance. Most people are more productive when giving their absolute best to a few important things at a time.
So glad you all enjoyed this one.
Now get out there and make some memories! 😉
Araç Takip says
Great post! I agree with everything on the list and must point out that point 5 is very important. Thanks for the inspiration.
Linda Della Donna says
I just love this. What a great philosophy for all!
Thank you for posting.
Linda Della Donna
marc van der Linden says
Life is short. And one day, it will end for everybody.
So today is the day to take action and be creative.
Thanks for sharing!
I enjoy really enjoy reading this post. It is very inspirational and clever at the same time. We have been living a life of repetitive activity that are mostly stress inducing everyday. Hence, we tend to neglect other simple things that is happening around us. I enjoy reading all the 20 tips you have written and the last tips has the greatest impact on me.
“Be present, Be here now”
Thank you for the post.
Ziko @ jigzopuzzle.blogspot.com
Documenting the day is a good idea. Nice post.
Starting Early is surly the best way to go and get things DONE! the early BIRD get the WORM!
I was about to do the opposite of #6. So glad to read this list right on time. Thanks, I feel like George Costanza now! 😉
I was going through the article and thought “right.. right.. right.. but the author has not mentioned the most important thing yet..” then BANG.
Number 20: Be present. Be here.
The most important one of the lot, thanks for the awesome article!