Someone sent me an email the other day with one of those 20 question memory tests. Put your score in the subject line and pass it on. Get your pencil and paper ready and don’t cheat by scrolling to the bottom for the answers. Ready, begin.
I got 19 out of 20. As I finished I realized that the only reason I did that well was because it was a multiple choice. This test was based more on recognition of the correct answer than recalling a fact. Of course that didn’t stop me from trying to figure out the answer before seeing the choices. What we do to ourselves…
So that’s how it works…you can actually stop feeling like you’re about to lose your mind simply because your file cabinet of a brain is stuffed with everything you’ve ever seen, heard and learned. I mean, in your entire life.
I worry about my brain more these days then I did, say, ten years ago. I find myself forgetting things much more often. I keep telling myself not to worry about Alzheimer’s until I can’t figure out what to do with the keys instead of just where they are. I’m also starting to recognize (there’s that word again) that most of what I misplace is due not to aging but to not paying attention. I’m simply trying to do too much at one time and something gets left behind (literally).
I notice there are fewer people my age at work these days. They seem to be around the late thirty to early forty ages with an uncanny ability to recall all things they’ve ever seen, heard, and learned. They are also incredibly tech savvy (which I am not) so going forward I wonder if they will have brains filled with as much as people my age. Will they be rewired to avoid storing anything? Will they know full well that they can summon up any bit of information they need within seconds for immediate use?
Or will they find themselves doing the same double game test of trying to recall the answer before the choices appear?