How to Create Memories that Last Forever

How can you enjoy life more and create lasting memories with loved ones?

The most beautiful things in life are not things:

They are people and places and memories and pictures.

They are feelings and moments and smiles and laughter.

How to Create memories that last a lifetime

1: Write

Put your thoughts and experiences into words, share with others and even allow future generations to interact with it long after you’re gone.

This is my favourite tip on creating lasting memories as i don’t take or have a lot of pictures.

Same thing happens when you Journal ideas. Write down your memories in a journal.

Rereading your journal can bring back memories.

Learn more: How to start journaling? 

Writing to create memories loved ones

Keep a journal or a memory book where you can write down special moments and memories together.

2: Tell stories

Share your stories with others through writing, speaking, or other creative outlets.

Stories are one way humans get connected to each other and we understand each other on a deeper level.

The best way to keep engaged anyone with your content is Story.

What are some old sayings from your parents/culture/religion that you still live by?

Spend time talking about your childhood with your family and friends.

Here’s one of my favourite stories on why you should invest your time being valuable:

1 million dollar of 30 seconds painting:

One day a girl went to an exhibition where she saw Picasso. She came to Picasso and she said…

“Picasso I’m a big fan of yours, and she handed him a pen and paper and asked, “Can you draw something for me?”

In just 30 seconds, Picasso made a beautiful painting, and when she started going then Picasso said to her…

Mem this painting cost is $1 million and you have to pay for it to get it.

She was shocked. “$1 million for just 30 seconds of painting?”

Picasso said…’To make this painting in just 30 seconds, Took me 30 years of time.

The lesson is investing in yourself and becoming more valuable always pays off more than you think in tomorrow. 

3: Travel

Life hack to create more memories – travel more.

Travelling is a way to go out, see new things and learn to engage to with other people’s cultures.

2022 was a big one for me.

I traveled to several places I had never visited before, tasted their foods, and tried to learn their cultures a bit.

It gave me more time to think, take cold showers, and come back a better person.

4: Create shared experiences:

Go on trips or vacations, try new activities, and make shared memories.

Do things together that are new and exciting for you and others. Hanging out, eating together.

Eating family dinner at the table every night, with no phones and no tv is a great way to talk and bond with your family.

Food and drinks can help lighten everyone’s mood when trying to build lasting memories.

5: Take pictures

Capture special moments so that you can look back on them in the future.

Taking lots of photos is an easy way to make sure you don’t forget any details of your memories.

A picture says a thousand words.

This was how apps like Facebook and Instagram became relevant.

Make a photo album of your favorite memories. We can always look at photos of friends, family, occasions and bring back such memories.

6: Be present with others

Listen to them, look them in the eye, and be fully engaged when you’re with them.

Talk openly and honestly with each other, share your thoughts and feelings, and listen actively.

Live by intention

This is the point of meditation and mindfulness. To help you live more in the moment and take more conscious decisions.

Your memories of your past are usually shaped by your selective memory and the meaning you’ve attached to your experiences.

Now applying this to everything we do especially our work, can lead to more fulfillment, increase in happiness.

If you can spend your time on whatever brings you more joy, excitement, and passion—whether it be work, play, rest, or anything in between—very few things, including an increase in income, can stand in the way of you creating the experiences you want.

7: Give Gifts

People can remember you for your gifts.

In fact if you get it wrong – you may end up getting remembered for what you don’t want.

Show your loved ones how much they mean to you and let them know how much you appreciate them.

8: Help others

What positive memories can you create today in the lives of others amidst all the chaos?

Imagine helping someone solve a problem they thought were impossible.

Moments like these are invaluable memories.

9: Make friends

The more friends and connections we make – the more we can create memories we may never forget.

The key is to focus on quality over quantity. Tell them how much they mean to you and why they’re important to you.

Meeting your friends including virtual ones can create memories that make you bond more.⁣

The people you surround yourself with are the people you will become.

10: Use technology

I use Evernote for almost every single good idea I read or view online so that I don’t forget anything ever again!

The search feature on its is insane.

11: Bonus point: Fall in love

Love is really all that matters because everyone comes into this world with nothing other than love and leaves with nothing other than love.

Talking about love, I’ll end with a story about Florence Martus, the woman behind the Waving Girl statue:

Photo of the Florence Martus statue in Savannah, Georgia.
By Jami430 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

For many kind-hearted people the impulse to throw a friendly wave to passing ships is pretty strong, but one local Savannah woman made it her unofficial lifelong duty.

Florence Martus was known to Savannahians and sailors around the world as the waving girl.

For much of her life, Florence was the first person ships saw when they entered the harbor, making her essentially the Hostess City’s patron saint of southern hospitality.

Born in 1869 on Cockspur Island, Florence was the daughter of Sgt. John H. Martus. Sgt. Martus was stationed at Fort Pulaski after the Civil War to oversee repairs after Union bombardment.

As a teenager, Florence moved into a remote cottage on the bank of the Savannah River with her brother George, a lighthouse keeper who had been transferred from Cockspur Island Lighthouse to Elba Island Lighthouse, where they lived a rather lonely and solitary life.

From an early age, Florence had waved to ships as they entered Savannah Harbor, and that habit had become a personal duty by the time she moved onto Elba Island.

With her loyal collie by her side, Florence would greet every passing ship with a wave of her handkerchief or tablecloth during the day and with a lantern at night.

The ships would return the greeting with a blast of their horns, and her reputation began to spread among sailors across the globe.

This tradition continued for 44 years, and by the time she retired in 1931, it was estimated that Florence had waved to over 50,000 ships without missing one.

Local lore suggests that Florence waved to every ship in the hopes that the Yankee sailor she had fallen in love with when she was young would one day return. Florence passed away on February 8, 1943 and is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery next to her brother and parents.

In 1943, a Liberty ship built in Savannah was named the SS Florence Martus in her honor. A bronze statue of Florence Martus, sculpted by famed artist Felix De Weldon (who also created the Iwo Jima Monument) was erected in 1972 on River Street in Morell Park. Facing the river, the 9-foot statue depicts Florence and her dog waving her handkerchief so that the waving girl can continue the tradition of welcoming ships to Savannah.


I hope you start living a life worth living, taking risks and create lasting memories.

Create new memories filled with peace, goodwill, and compassion for others.





1 thought on “How to Create Memories that Last Forever”

  1. Some great pointers here. I think ultimately, we just all need to be more present. I think we’d all make many more wonderful memories if we were all more present in the moment. Much easier said than done, I know, when we have so many distractions around us.

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