My memory sucks.
I am actually surprised I remembered to write this blog at all.
I will embarrassingly admit that I started this piece a while back, saved it and then never even recalled its creation or need for completion until I was opening another document and stumbled upon "Blog Memory." It was lying dormant, waiting editing in my Document file, abandoned not from malice or disinterest, but from pure ignorance of its existence.
The alarming nature of this incident indicated a need for some immediate brain healing and investigation into why I seem to be suffering from a lack of retention.
Iâ€™ve always been a "list writer." But, these days especially, if something is going to get done, it has to be catalogued on my "list." Even, then I have to actually remember to jot it down on there. Growing up (and to this day,) my mother utilized her "Famous Yellow List," a single sheet torn from a mini legal pad, that inventoried her endless "to dos" while also housing coupons and other important slips within itâ€™s single fold, secured with a single silver paper clip. I took on this modeled behavior, which has evolved into an almost compulsive use of the Reminders App, born out of and maintained due to necessity.
But, I wonder if my dependence on "the list" has contributed to my brain getting lazy. Kind of like GPS has become my inner compassâ€™s crutch. Iâ€™ve never really possessed a good innate sense of direction, but now I donâ€™t have one at all. Itâ€™s become so easy to plug in an address and let Siri tell me where to go instead of knowing how to get there. Could this reliance on computerized mapping also have affected my memory? I havenâ€™t had to actually remember how to get anywhere in ages! Perhaps my poor recall skills are a yet another symptom to fuel my dislike of technology.
Iâ€™m pretty sure my memory has been on the decline since my early twenties. Or at least I think it has been. I really canâ€™t even remember when this all started. My ability to retain i…Read more...