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Memory, what memory?

Updated on October 22, 2011

What was I doing?

There was a long pause as I stood and stared into the refrigerator. Confused, I stood there for a while longer trying to figure out what it was that I went there for. I know I went to the kitchen determined to get a specific item, but I had forgotten what it was from the time I started my journey no more than twenty feet away!

I settled for a glass of milk as I thought long and hard about whether I was losing my mind. I am much too young to be getting Alzheimer’s, or am I? Should I be concerned? I mean it was not like I left the oven on while I went out. Could that be next?

Why is it that some things we easily remember while other things we struggle to recall? I am amazed that I can easily recall certain details from my childhood yet I cannot remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

It has been said that our brains are wired like computers. This may be true in that there may only be so much storage space available. Perhaps it even goes further in that some of us have better quality “computers” than others. Do you think some of us our trying to operate with a no-name generic brain, while others have the top of the line model with an enhanced memory card?

We probably over-load our brains with useless day to day information. I would hate to think I forgot to put out the trash simply because I am subconsciously thinking about the TV show The Jersey Shore.

What about things that you accidentally over-hear? Is your brain also wasting time and resources processing other peoples' useless information? What about when you hear a song on the radio that you cannot get out of your head? Surely that continuous looping of information is taking away from something you should be remembering or doing!

The brain is still one of the most complex yet unknown things in the world. Or is it? I think I remember reading that somewhere. We may never know the answers to all these questions, heck, we might not even remember them. There is one thing for certain- thank goodness for my Outlook calendar!

Now where did I put that remote control?


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    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 

      6 years ago from SW England

      Well written and amusing. I read your 'hopping hubs' hub and decided to read a few more of yours. My doctor told me that when I was teaching I had too many things to think about and not to worry about forgetting. Lists are my favourite things - but then I forget the list! Voted up and funny..

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      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      great hub! i have had trouble with my memory since, well, since i can remember, which isnt saying much. i am 42 now and i can remember having trouble with it as a child. in fact, i have huge gaps in my memories. i dont remember most of my childhood, only a handful of memories. when i was a teenager, my grandma sent me in to the kitchen for a spoon, i hadnt walked but a few feet away before i realized i had no idea what she asked for. i still have that problem. like you i am amazed at the things i do remember while there is so much i cant. even in writing this i keep forgetting what i planned on typing. oh well, it is lost, whatever it was. i blame my bad memory on a chemical over dose. when i was three i was given a bottle of aspirin by my sister. i died and was dead for 4 minutes. even that would contribute to memory problems.

      anyway, i enjoyed this hub and voted up, useful and interesting...thank you.

    • jacqui2011 profile image


      7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Well written hub which I can relate to. I often go to do something and then a few moments later I don't have a clue what I am supposed to be doing. I go to the shops, and stand there clueless as I have forgotten what I went in for. It is a standing joke amongst my family and friends who all make fun of me. I have notes for everything and reminders all over the place. I am 46 at the moment and often wonder what I will be like in 10 or 15 years time!! Voted up and awesome.

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      7 years ago

      Boy, can I relate to this hub! Sometimes I think I'm losing it.I forget things, words mostly, I can't retrieve the word I want to use to express a thought or concept, like, hamster, so I replace it with, bird. I get crazy stares and then I know I'm losing it. Then some dear friend says, you've got so much going on you've a lot on your mind and I chose too believe them. Fun hub, thanks.

    • Phil Plasma profile image

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      One thing that I try to do is to make a concerted effort to remember where I put something as I am putting it there to help for future finding of it. If I put something down without paying attention to what I am doing, that item is now lost.

      Yes, I am sure many of use could use some help to improve our memories.


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