They say we only use 10% of our brains. Maybe that’s true, but if part of that 10% is being used as the closet where my short-term memories are stored, then I definitely use over 100% of that particular part. How do I know? So much goes in throughout the day each day that I sometimes can’t find a memory of something that happened only yesterday. What’s worse is sometimes I have a memory of something, but when I call on it, I can’t find it.
For example, last night at dinner, I took a bite that was so hot I almost spit it out. My family all laughed at me. “You do that every time you take a first bite,” they said. I looked at them like they were nuts. I couldn’t remember a single time that happened. “You literally do that every time,” they poked.
I think I’ll remember to wait a minute more on that first bite because that memory has a special place in my head right now, but so much goes in and out that some things are bound to get lost in the action. It’s rare a day goes by that I don’t think: Seriously, David? How could you forget…(this is where you, reader, insert whatever you know you forgot today. I know you know what I’m talking about).
Maybe if I pay attention more, maybe if I take a deep breath a little more often, maybe if I slow down and meditate for a few minutes, maybe then I can slow the back and forth flow so more can be stored and organized.
Then again, I might forget about that thought in a few minutes. Would you please take a second and remind me tomorrow?
Meanwhile, here’s a few movie quotes on the topic:
“Darkness does wonders for a bad memory.” William Smithers in Pappillon
“Maybe I only remember what it suits me to remember.” Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria
“Fuhgeddaboudit.” Johnny Depp in Donnie Brasco
“Just because there are things I don’t remember doesn’t make my actions meaningless.” Guy Pearce in Memento