Last year I turned 50 but in my mind I still feel 19, at least some days. I love music, dancing, singing along to the radio in my car and I still feel young at heart. BUT truth be told, I’m no longer that young, spontaneous and slightly reckless 19 year old. I’ve grown up, I’ve become wiser (I hope), assumed responsibilities and embraced motherhood.
One thing that’s got worse in the last year though is my memory. Talk about getting forgetful. I walk to the top of the stairs and forget why I’m there. I go to the pantry in my kitchen and look in it blankly.
Ask me what I did yesterday and I’ve likely forgotten, ask me what I had for dinner last night and I’ll have to think twice (unless it was chilli). Ask me where I went last holidays, I might have a chance but what I did last year, forget it!
I guess that’s why photos are so precious to me.
They’re captured moments otherwise lost forever. While I don’t want to spend my life behind a camera there’s no denying that without photos our brain couldn’t possibly remember every thing we see each day. And some things we don’t want to miss.
Apparently chronic stress is one of the brain’s worst enemies, so knowing that I’m determined to try and keep my levels in check.
So here’s five things on my list to try and improve my memory:
- Laugh more. Life has become so serious.
- Continue to write in my daily Gratitude Journal, of things I’d otherwise forget, people I’m grateful for in my life.
- Breaking out of my routine and trying new things, they say it establishes new pathways in the brain. So I need to use it and not lose it.
- Physical exercise. For me it’s walking and Zumba, great for the heart and mind.
- And perhaps most importantly, living mindfully. Using all my senses everyday appreciating each day and living each moment to the full.
Maybe that’s why I love blogging so much. When I’m much older I can look back and say “Did I really do that? So that’s what I was like when I was 50!”
Wishing you all peace, love and happiness as you go about your lives. Here’s to making precious memories, keeping them alive and keeping our memory banks active.