I find memory fascinating! My apologies for this quick blog on a subject I will surely revisit in more depth.
It’s not uncommon for people “my age” to forget things. Selectively.
We can’t remember what we had for lunch yesterday but we can easily recite dialogue from The Breakfast Club.
“Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe?”
“Don’t mess with the bull, young man. You’ll get the horns.”
“You’re a neo maxi zoom dweebie, what would you be doing if you weren’t out making yourself a better citizen?”
We don’t remember why we walked into this room, opened that drawer, or picked up the phone, but we know every word to Def Leppard’s, Pour Some Sugar on Me.
“Love is like a bomb, baby, c’mon get it on
Livin’ like a lover with a (mumble, mumble)* on
Lookin’ like a tramp, like a video vamp
Demolition woman, can I be your man?”
*Okay, so maybe not every word, but I think that has less to do with my memory and more to do with Joe’s British slur.
Despite “my age,” I have been www reassured that it’s never too late to learn new tricks. Like it or not, we are bombarded with new information every waking minute of every day. Some of it’s going to stick. To encourage that what’s retained is your child’s soccer schedule, your new password, and maybe just maybe, why you entered this room, instead of the names of the Kardashians or lyrics to Call me Maybe, you need to work that muscle.
Did you know the string on the finger was tied there to keep the thought from escaping, to be remembered later when it was needed? (If only that was true! I would gladly invest in the string company!)
They say that trivia games, crossword puzzles and sudoku are good for stimulating your synapses.
But more importantly, studies show that good relationships are imperative to healthy brains. Socializing has memory boosting benefits.
(I’m not sure this logic is infallible, though, since I was busy being friendly yesterday and completely forgot to blog!)
Avoid stressful situations– toxic relationships, and focus on the lighter side—meeting people, sharing histories, making memories, and laughing! Laughter has long been touted as the best medicine, well, come to find out, it’s also a memory elixir. So find something to laugh about—even if it’s yourself and the fact that you have no idea why you clicked on this link.