Giving is… making memories with people you love.
by Jay Chen
That $20 gift card to that clothing store will be used for a shirt that will eventually go out of style. That ten piece tea set will become chipped and live out the rest of its life in the corner of a dusty cupboard. That box of chocolates that you thought would make a really great gift? Probably will be re-gifted – lets be honest.
The best gift is one that lasts forever.
You might say, but isn’t it the thought that counts? Quite right, it is the literal “thought” that counts. Memories last a life time – most other things don’t.
Throughout different periods of my life, I have made many friendships – some have dwindled while others have grown stronger. And now as a senior in college, I am at the crossroads of a new period of my life, where the uncertainty of the real world looms right in front of me, and the relationships I have amassed thus far will certainly be tested. Despite the inevitable change that will happen, I know that deep down, the memories I have made with the people I love will always be a part of me. These memories are what shape and define me as a person, and I am thankful for everyone that has contributed to them.
Live life every day as if it were your last – or as people nowadays say, “YOLO.”
The next time you reach for that wrapping paper (or old newspaper if you’re a poor college student, a hipster, or both) think again. At the end of the day, it is the people around us that matter the most. Create memories with them. Do something exciting. Be spontaneous. Take risks.