Somewhere I have a list of things I wanted to write about but since I don’t remember where it is, maybe I’ll write about forgetfulness.
You know, I really don’t think it’s early dementia or Alzheimer’s. I think I’m just too lazy to commit every little detail to memory. I put high value on being free to act upon inspiration as soon as it hits. This means that whatever thought preceded the new idea gets … forgotten, I guess. I don’t quite understand what happens to it. Most of the time I don’t care either. If it’s truly important it will come around again. I remember lots of stuff, just not when I’d most like to remember it.
Names? Where did I put my keys? Where is that missing credit card? Why didn’t I remember to record the last six checks I wrote? Is that baby shower tomorrow or next week? Did I close the garage door? Did I turn off my cell phone ringer? Did I turn on my cell phone ringer? What was that password? Did I take those clothes out of the washer? (no, they dried in there and that’s why they smell so funny).
The really good thing is that I’m an equal opportunity forgetter. I forget the bad things as easily as the good things. I can’t remember much childhood angst, any really. I don’t remember details about bad grades in school, losing boyfriends, my several car accidents. When I’m asked about my most embarrassing moment (and don’t we all get asked about that occasionally?) I’ve memorized one, just one, and only for that purpose. There have been many but I can’t remember them. I think that’s a good thing.
So, do I have a remedy for my forgetfulness? Yes, indeed I do. I don’t tell anyone unless I get caught.
I can have a decent conversation with someone without saying their name. I can look it up after.
Most of the time, if I’m patient, the lost gets found. Like the uncashed check I found in my pants pocket after two months – it was still good.
I still go kind of crazy over the missing credit cards, but hey, if that didn’t happen my purse would never get cleaned.
Memory is not all it’s cracked up to be. I might be losing my mind but if I keep my mouth shut, probably no one will know. I’m just sayin’…