I've been singing along with records since I could talk, which amounts to about 60 years. I remember lyrics to most of the songs I've ever sung along with. That's probably thousands of songs. Even if I haven't heard a song in years, if it comes on the radio, there I am, singing along, remembering every word. But trying to get new lyrics into this brain of mine -- that's another story.
I know it's probably an aging thing, but sheesh, that makes me mad. Why can't we do a brain dump or something to rid our brains of data we no longer have use for to make room for new stuff? Today it is so time-consuming for me to learn lyrics. I have to sit down and think about the story arc of the song--what's it saying, in what order are things happening, what triggers can I use to remember the sequence. Then I have to sing it over and over and over and over again until it sinks in. Oy!
The same with names of things. This weekend we hiked in the Pecos, where the wildflowers were spectacularly sprinkled throughout the forest and in the meadows. I don't know the names of most flowers and plants, but my friend R. does. No sooner would she tell me the name of one, then we'd see it again a few minutes later and I couldn't remember what it was called. Sigh!
What I've realized about all of this is that one, I have to accept this--I really don't think I can be doing more to keep my brain active than I already am. Two, if something is really important to me, I have to work much harder than I used to to get it into the brain and keep it there. And three, getting upset about it only adds stress to my life that I don't need right now.
Truly, my goal is to age as gracefully as I can, rather than go kicking and screaming about the changes that are sure to come along. So, how about you? Are there things you've noticed that don't come as easily? Do you have any tricks of the trade for remembering new things?
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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here on Monday and Tuesday. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair.
"ONLY ONE THING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THAN SPEAKING YOUR TRUTH, AND THAT IS NOT SPEAKING IT." Naomi Wolf
"We are called human beings, not human doings."
Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
"The way to do is to be."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs..(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."