Sometimes We Forget
The human brain is an amazing thing. I’m always impressed by the things that I can remember and retain. Unfortunately, after a while, things fall through the cracks. It’s no fun to forget them, but it happens to everyone. Sometimes we just have to deal with it as best we can.
I always hate it when I’m talking to someone, and whatever I was going to say just flies out of my head. Not only that, but the more I try to uncover it, the further it eludes me. When this happens, I try to resist searching and digging for it, because that just confuses me even more.
Although forgetting things isn’t fun, I almost feel that remembering them is worth the hassle. Whenever I forget what I was going to say, and then I remember it all of the sudden, I get this happy, excited, relieved feeling. It’s hard to describe, but it’s a very nice feeling.
Our Memory Fails Us
Sometimes it seems that right when we need it, our memory fails us. When a teacher calls on me for an answer, my brain purposefully withholds the information I’m searching for. That happens all the time. I sometimes lead warm ups in Tae Kwon Do, and I had to memorize numerous warm up steps to do that. When I listened to other people do them, I knew them up and down. However, when I had to lead the class, everything that I had memorized just vanished. I choked for a moment, but once I got started, it wasn’t so bad.
At times, I have a fear that I will forget something. I worry that a teacher will remind us not to forget something, and I will forget it. I’m nervous that I will forget something so important that I need to call home and have my mother bring it to the school. So far, that has happened about three times. That’s not even counting the amount of times that my mother has brought my lunch to school.
Guess what? I just had trouble remembering that. Ironic, huh?
Forgetting things is a part of life. It’s not a fun part, but still, it’s a part we have to live with. We can try methods to help us remember, like sticky notes, or written reminders on the back of our hands (though my mother tells me not to do that), but forgetting is something that never goes away. All we can do is try to remember, and not beat ourselves up too badly when we don’t. See you next week!
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