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When is forgetting things a concern?

For a few years now I have noticed that I have this growing tendency to forget things. It seemed small at first. Forgetting to clean the kitchen after dinner, or forgetting to buy something while I was at the store. It seems, however, that it has gradually gotten worse as the years have passed.

At first forgetting to post to my blog was a nuisance. I had been unable to maintain it for so long because of things that happened in my life, that I forgave myself the lapses in memory. I would come back to the site, see how long it had been since I had last been to it, shake my head, and promise myself that things would be better going forward.

And I meant it. I have always had every intention to keep the blog updated, but then… in recent years… I would forget about it. I assumed that it was stress. I still think that stress is probably the culprit. I know stress can mess with you in all sorts of ways, and both stress and forgetting things have gotten comparatively worse in recent months.

And when I say forgetting things I do not just mean forgetting the blog, but forgetting… everything.

I will forget bills that are due. I will forget I was to call people. I forget to make myself breakfast, lunch or dinner. I have hidden it for a long time, told myself it was not that bad, but… when is forgetting things cause for concern?

I tried to keep a notebook of things I needed to do. Unfortunately I keep forgetting that I have the notebook of things not to forget, so the things in it never get taken care of. At this point I am not sure what to do, but I have decided that I am going to try to keep a bit of a record about what is going on here at my blog. Years ago, when I was a caregiver for my father, my mom suggested that I write about the things that were going on in my life on my blog. She said that if I was going through it, someone else probably was as well.

So, I am going to start trying to keep a closer watch on my memory issues with updates here, maybe it can help someone else who is having similar issues not feel quite so alone, maybe it will help me understand better what is going on and how to stop the absent-mindedness that seems to be plaguing me. I’m doubtful of that – since I paused to get something halfway though writing this post and forgot I was writing it.

Maybe this is the point when forgetfulness should be something to be concerned about?

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