AN OBSERVATIONAL GUIDE TO FORGETFULNESS.
Among many things, objects are the most forgotten.
- That book you put on the shelf which seems to have utterly disintegrated from the fabric of time.
- Like the “Keys”, writing utensils often slip through the mind’s eye undetected until that check needs a signature.
All these objects are nothing more than terrible delusions the mind has altered. You knew your wallet/pocket book was on the couch, yet somehow it’s been abducted by aliens forever traveling through a void.
Often the mind slips, it races to face the fact it can’t remember if you were an Elizabeth or an Emily. Peoples’ names and the actual person can be forgotten like a breakfast one has had months ago. You believe it was eggs sunny side up but you have doubts, lacking faith in your memory can be the reason why it’s unsure.
Unlike eggs people are more important, the amount of missing person’s cases that sprout up in police stations worldwide must be staggering. Some people are never found and often the ones who remember them perish allowing their memory to fade.
“ What ever happened to Jim?”
“ Turn right here…no..wait, or was it up further? No, it’s actually up a ways. Nevermind, let’s just use the GPS.”
— everyone at some point while traveling.
Places sometimes become adventures thanks to forgetfulness. Which is one positive side of memory loss. Taking a left when you should have taken a right could turn into an exciting money gaining venture or a death dodging catastrophe. Back to the GPS situation and like a tootsie pop, how many trips to one location using a GPS can you remember thoroughly on how to get there? Maps were strong memory helpers because they created a challenge that our minds had to solve. They were tools that we used to solve the problem rather than solutions for the problem.
Bridging the gap between the problem and the solution with effort/critical thinking also strengthens the bridge that connects the memory. You will remember for a longer period of time the solution to a problem that had more effort than for a given solution. The theory here being because of “PAIN”.
It’s a given that you won’t touch a hot stove because you know what it’s like to feel high temperatures on the skin. The same applies for mental effort and focus. Up all night with no sleep is painful, the body aches, it screams for sleep but you write that paper until it’s finished at 7am even though you have class in an hour.
- Pain=lasting memory
But before you go hitting yourself with a hammer to remember all 50 states just remember this isn’t a good way to recall what you know. It’s also insane.
Also keep in mind these are just my thoughts and are not a scientifically proven help for memory loss.