December 29, 2010

Does Your Mind Feel Like A Sieve?


Are you having a harder and harder time remembering things? Like where you put something? Or coming up with someones name and forgetting words when you are trying to talk, or write? Me too, especially since I've started this site and I'm writing more.

This is one of the things that is suppose to happen as we age. It's normal. As frustrating as it seems, it makes sense actually. I am sure there is a medical explanation for what is happening but on the lighter side just think of your mind as your bedroom closet. Like clothes, over the years if we keep putting more facts and details into it- after awhile it won't be able to hold everything.

Somethings just have to go, you know?

Okay maybe that was a ridiculous analogy...

Recently on NPR, 69-year-old Nora Ephron, who has written among other things, When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood, Sleepless in Seattle, and Julie, Julia, spoke about her newest book of reflections on aging called I Remember Nothing, which I'm looking forward to reading. One of the things she said is that many times we are fortunately saved by Google because we can so easily look something up that we're having a hard time remembering.

That's if we can remember what we forgot long enough to write it into Google's search box :-)

Among many of the other things Ephron discusses in I Remember Nothing is doing what you love to do. On NPR she said, "You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can't put things off thinking you'll get to them someday. If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I'm very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it."

This reminds me of what Oprah once said that was so profound that I haven't forgotten it:

"Life is about finding out what you love, and getting about doing it."

A great thought with which to start to the new year.

      

5 comments:

  1. I find this loss of memory very liberating. Makes it much easier to enjoy the present.

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  2. Beautifully put,and very profound,Nothing Profound.

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  3. I'm reading I Remember Nothing and loving it! There is an emotional shift in reaching a certain age - the weeding out of things that are not so important; a heightened appreciation for being with people you love; the need to use time wisely. Nora Ephron puts it in perspective so well.

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  4. I love Nora Ephron! I will definitely have to get this one from the library, the first one was great. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. I definitely have this memory thing going on!
    I notice it with names as well as orientation in parking lots....LOL!
    I find that my memory for the past is greatly disturbed.....as my daughters remind me of things I said and did when they were small that brings me to a huge place of laughter and disbelief!
    I also notice I truly live in present time which does not aide in memory recall....hahaha....it only allows for 'that moment'.
    I love 'the moment' as that truly is all we have right?

    Louise,
    Wishing you and your family immense love and joy for the new year!
    xoxoxo

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