Have you ever been sitting or standing around in you home and decided that you have to do something, so you head off to do it then you get to where you needed to be only to realize you forgot why you were there and what you wanted to do?
Ths morning I was sitting in my easy chair infront of the TV and i decided i wanted a cup of coffee. I got up, walked the ten or twelve steps to our kitchen and then couldn't remember why I was there. I returned to my seat in the livingroom and the second I sat down I remembered I wanted a cup of coffee so off I went again.
If this or something similar has happened woth you do you care to share?
Sure. It's not something that, for me, happens super-frequently; but it's something that's occasionally happened over the course of my whole life. The "other one" I've done (and know a lot of others who say they've done it) is be driving somewhere, and then all of a sudden realize how far I've gotten on the trip but not really remember "noticing myself getting there". It's not as bad as it sounds because there's never a time when I haven't been super-focused on driving, itself. It's the surroundings that I've stopped noticing. It's like you wake up and think, "Wow. I'm already this far? I don't even remember passing the shopping center or the lake!"
I think a lot of that kind of thing is a matter of being preoccupied, or else having stuff that would make us preoccupied with it if we hadn't put our thinking on "automatic pilot". When we're operating in an "automatic pilot" mode we aren't as on top of details as we'd otherwise be.
Reminds me of the story about a preacher who asked an elderly man if he believed in "the hereafter". "Yes," said the man, "I'm always walking into another room and asking myself, 'Now, what am I here after?'."
I have gone to the grocery store to pick up 3 or 4 items and have forgotten what 1 or 2 of the items were by the time I get there. Is that a stress thing or what? Can't be old age. I'm not that old yet.
I once got up real early to drive the full length of England and halfway up Scotland in one go - and only realised I had automatically gone to another job when the signs for Bristol came up - a 3 hour detour !