Imagine having the memory of the perfect day: maybe going on a mountain trail run with your friends, or going to the beach with your girl, or riding horses with your family.
Now imagine having those memories starting at 15 vs. having them starting at 25.
Technically, the same experiences and same memories come to you in either case. But I think we’d all prefer to have those memories and experiences earlier. Aside from wanting to gratify our desires sooner, I think we also know there is a positive benefit to forming great memories as early as possible.
I think there’s something like compound interest to it:
Compound interest, n. – “Interest computed on the accumulated unpaid interest as well as on the original principal.” from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
The memory is the principal. But all the times you’ll reflect back on that memory are the accruing interest. The sooner you make good memories, the more times you can reflect. The more times you can reflect on good memories, the better your mood and confidence will be going forward. The better your mood and confidence, the more likely you will be to creating good memories.
If you are a reflective person, you’ll be thinking a lot about your past in the future – for the rest of your life, really. You should try your best to fill up on as many good memories as possible, as early as possible. You don’t want to be poor on good memories to help you in the now or in the future.