Let Me Ask You A Question – 4/8/17


Some memories from my past remind of great times and others I would rather forget.  Let me ask you a question…

Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? 

46 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 4/8/17

  1. Memory is a sensitive subject for me… My grand mother suffered Alzheimer’s disease, and it is one of my biggest fears… I don’t know what to choose. How long does it take for a new memory to become an old one? How long would newly made souvenirs before they disappeared? I’d be tempted to let go of old memory, but it’s not just that simple 🙂

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  2. Well, for me, I just experienced a family loss, so I would say I choose to keep those beautiful, wonderful memories of the past that hold so many feelings of love, togetherness and joy, As for memories to come if we don’t have a guarantee for how long we will be here, then how are we to know if we can make new ones or maybe what we have and are making in the moment are all we have.

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      • When does a new memory become an old memory? I have seen and lived with that process, watched someone’s SELF drained away bit by bit, day by day, month by month, year by year until barely a shell was left. If the old memories go, who, then is it that is forming the new ones? Are they then written on a blank slate only to be erased? Truly, I wish I had not read the question. I have seen non-recognition in my father’s eyes.

        I suppose it is fair to say the question touched a trigger.

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      • Thanks – I hadn’t realized how tender that spot still is. And so many do go through it either as patient or care giver, with Dementia and the other slow, stealthy, degenerative diseases as well – ALS, Parkinson’s. etc. It taught me one thing for sure, to treasure all my memories, the good and the bad.

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      • Thanks, Nikki. It was hard, that Long Goodby, but we do do hard things for those we love, and all in all I am grateful I was able to be there to do it, and begin before it got really bad. Hugs accepted.

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  3. Wow, thats a really, really hard one. I just spent 8 years remembering a repressed past. 20 years of repressed memories. I made new memories starting at age 21 through the present. But, Now that I have recovered my past and have a congruent time-line, it would be devastating to lose it again.

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  4. If I was forced to choose, I would definitely choose to keep making new memories instead of holding on to old ones. Although many old memories are happy, some of them are also painful to remember. But then again, there are memories you can try to erase from your mind, but they’re impossible to erase from your heart.

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  5. Jokingly, I might get more sleep if I didn’t remember my past because I dwell on everylittlething (one word) that I have ever done wrong in my lifetime right at bedtime.
    Seriously, my Grandmother passed with Alzheimer and she was a shell of a person, so I really don’t want to be like that, but she did not make new memories, with the disease, so I would have to say lose my old memories and make new ones.

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  6. If one of them was inevitably going to happen, I suppose I’d choose not making future memories. It would be hard to make good future memories if you’ve forgotten all your loved ones. Eventually you could get past that hurtle, but you might create a lot of bad memories getting there. Cool question.

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  7. This is a great question. I’m reminded of seeing Glenn Campbell on Conan O’Brien a couple of years ago. He was in the midst of his farewell tour since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. As I listened to him play the guitar, he made mistakes which were so uncharacteristic of him. Though known for his singing, he was a virtuoso guitar player and gained a reputation for his playing long before his hit records. As he sat down on the couch, he said that he couldn’t remember the things he used to do so easily and occasionally, his fingers would betray him. It was so sad to see a man with so much talent losing his memories. I have heard now that he is in a nursing home and no longer recognizes his family.

    Much as this is a difficult question, I wouldn’t want to lose my memories simply because it would hurt my loved ones too much. I’m sure Glenn is content because he doesn’t know what he has forgotten, but his family must be devastated. I would take the unselfish route here and say that I would not want to lose my memory of things past.

    (Sorry for the long answer, but I’ve thought a great deal about this.)

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  8. I would have to go with losing all of my memories. While I would be losing what has happened, I think it would be worse to lose what is coming next. I can reconstruct the memories that are absolutely necessary (which is what my uncle did when that happened to him).

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