It seems to be a recurring theme throughout my writing lately that we should keep our minds alert. I often feel it is getting increasingly harder as I have become so forgetful since my retirement. I want to go back to school. But how will I ever remember things? I want to pursue a life of travel. But I get lost everywhere I go, even in department stores.
I’ve always known I’m not great with remembering names. I’m most embarrassed when I meet parents of children I’ve taught and I have to say “How are your children?” And wait patiently while they explain. Often I look at old emails and wonder “Who is that?” I blame the latter on too much reliance on technology. When I was in Paris in June I couldn’t remember the name of my hotel. Of course that it was in French didn’t help either. The morning I was checking out, I saw a business card and could have kicked myself when I realized how much easier it would have been had I taken one of them at check in and not days later after I’d gotten lost three times. Each time I had opened my phone to find the name of the hotel and its address!
So I try to remember names of actors, writers, movies, places and people I know. I read lots of books and newspapers. I browse online. I figure I might have half a chance if I keep vigilant.
Got any suggestions? Making lists and keeping a journal help too. I’d be open to hearing how you keep your mind in shape.