Without memories, what would be the point of doing anything exciting?
Why step out of your comfort zone and experience life if memories don’t exist? Memories are one of the most crucial parts of being human. Before you even begin to speak, memories are being imprinted on your brain. “Don’t touch that it’s hot", or "Eat this, it tastes good.” You even can get super scientific with it and talk about how different neurons are fired for a different memory or whatever scientists are saying about it.
But while memories are good, they can also be haunting. Sometimes people will do anything that they can to suppress those haunting memories. Drugs. Booze. Sex. Sometimes, even death.
It’s crazy to think about how memories are able to bring somebody so much joy, yet can bring about a lifetime of pain.
"You never will make any memories sitting on the couch!", my parents would always tell me. Growing up in a boring little town, I always said, “Well there is nothing to do.” When I finally graduated high school I realized that they were right. There is so much to do out in the world, and so memories to make that it’s sometimes almost sinful how little some people make.
During my senior year of high school, my student start-up, Timeless Creations, was invited to the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC. It was, by far, one of the best experiences in my life. When we reached the summit, it was just my team and I. We didn't know anyone else. One of my most favorite things about that experience was that everybody there had the same interests.
I remember being able to come up and talk to somebody and have a conversation las if I've always known them. I remember the first night, as we had dinner and watched all the other team's commercials. I thought to myself, “Damn what are we doing here we don’t stand a chance.” My whole team has the same thought. As friendly as everyone was, this was a competition. What could a bunch of kids from Ohio do?
But that didn’t stop us from giving it our best. The day of presentations was one of the worst days of that week. In just a matter of days, two of our two of our team members had gotten food poisoning.I had to cover one of our lines- on less than two hours of sleep.
I remember after cheering a little bit after hitting every single line right on that stage. That caused me to forget my next lines some of my lines. Nevertheless, in the end, despite the lack of sleep and food poisoning, we finished our presentation. I thought to myself that we still had no chance after everything that happened in the last 48 hours. I was preparing myself for the inevitable. "Well, I'm still happy to have been part of this" or "It's the experience that counts" will be what I tell people when they ask how it was.
“In third place from Canton Ohio, Timeless Creations”
I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. I remember everybody turning around and looking at us, and all of us standing up and walking up to the stage to receive our awards. It was at that moment that I understood why everything had to happen the way it did. As I walk up to the stage, a barrage of flashing lights and a wave of applause engulfed the room and my thoughts.
This was my moment.
If I never was adventurous to go out and compete I would never have made some of my best memories.
Life is out there, happening every minute of every day. Whatever it is you're looking for, you probably won't find it on that couch. It’s up to you if you want to step outside of your comfort zone and live a memorable one or not. Sometimes the story needs a little bit of a kick- like sleep deprivation or food poisoning. After all, what's a good story without a twist?
Hey my name is JD Davis and I am a Business Major at the University of Miami. I'm your pretty average guy who likes hanging out with his friends, and doing anything active. Biggest phrase that I live by is, "Don't cry over spilled milk."