I am pretty sure I have Alzheimer’s in my future. Look, I have all the signs – I constantly search for my misplaced i-phone, I stare at an open refrigerator trying to figure out what was it that I was reaching in for, I burned quite a few tea kettles until I finally got one with a whistle and then my husband upgraded me to an electric one (cool – it turns off on its own!). Sometimes I mix my children’s’ birthdates (am I a bad mother?). I do puzzles and get dressed with my eyes closed so to exercise my brain. I have ordered numerous bottles of ginkgo biloba which supposedly is good for your memory – the only problem is, I keep forgetting to take the damn pills and they eventually expire…Obviously, there is no surprise that I gravitate to any newspaper article or a QVC infomercial that promises to improve my memory… So, in a tiny book store of beautiful Costa Rica’s Liberia Airport, I picked up this papercover by Joshua Foer – “Moonwalking with Einstein. The Art and Science of Remembering Everything”. Awesome! By the time I land at JFK, I’ll be a walking memory card!
Not so fast, baby! I got through a few dozen pages (still far from unveiling the secret to a 20/20 memory), but then the long-legged JetBlue flight attendants started serving bagged purple chips and canned Bloody Marys (virgin for me, please) – so, I put my book in my traveler’s bag and, you guessed it – forgot about it.
However, in the days to follow, one idea from the book kept popping up in my head – “Life seems to speed up as we get older because life gets less memorable as we get older.” It only makes sense that “…if you spend your life sitting in a cubicle and passing papers, one day is bound to blend unmemorably into the next – and disappear. That’s why it’s important to change routines regularly, and take vacations to exotic places, and have as many new experiences as possible that can serve to anchor our memories. Creating new memories stretches out psychological time, and lengthens our perception of our lives.”
It suddenly dawned on me – I can’t waste time, I need to get more aggressive about challenging myself and creating those memories, even if one day they will all disappear in the darkness of my Alzheimer-stricken brain!
Now, don’t get me wrong – I have plenty on my plate, there is always stuff going on to keep me busy at work and at home, but I guess I need more… And so I took on belly dancing, signed up for yoga, and started a blog. Thanks A LOT, Joshua Foer!
At this point, I have to say that I have a pretty, pretty, pretty big family. And, most importantly, a very colorful one – we are an adventurous and creative bunch. We are all lovey-gooey, we laugh at silly jokes, and we keep our eyes and minds open to beauty and fun.
So, this blog is an open window into our world. Please pick inside and maybe one day you’ll join us in our quest for an every-day magic.