Memory is a strange thing; as I grow older I remember events from my youth clearly and can’t recall some things that happened yesterday or last week. I guess that is a common human failing. I have found one cure that works for me and maybe it will work for you too, writing down my thoughts.
I started a group for Barack on February 12, 2007, two days after he declared his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois. I named the group Dixie4Obama since this part of Utah is known as Utah’s Dixie because pioneer families grew cotton here. I started posting on a blog at my.barackobama.com and wrote 1200+ posts. Then in July 2011, I started my own site at http://www.bell-book-candle.com where I have posted nearly 400 articles. If I needed to, I believe that I could rewrite all the articles from memory. Not just a similar article, the entire article word for word. Slight exaggeration there.
Why do I think so? In part because I have given some or a lot of thought to the article before I write it. Then there is typing it on my computer that helps my memory retain what I have typed. There are the typing mistakes that require correction and the fact checking at www.wikipedia.org . And finally there is the proofreading several times looking for errors and ways to improve the post. I think that the mere writing is sufficient to retain the thoughts, probably as well as the computer memory and for a longer period of time, given that computer hard drives do fail.
Give it a try. If there is something that you really want to commit to memory, try writing about it. It works for me. Maybe it will work for you too.
- Memory Myths (guardian.co.uk)
- Can memory improve with age? (guardian.co.uk)
- What are memories made of? (guardian.co.uk)
- Memory (Or lack thereof) (hanmintah.wordpress.com)
- Aging and Memory Loss Are not Inevitable – Well Growing old Is, Memory Loss Isn’t. (edocr.com)