What we can’t keep we will try to remember. That’s the paradox of life. We put lots of energy into acquiring things and experiences. We slave for hours at a job we hate just to get a glimpse of the things we want. We work twenty four seven to a grow a business and acquire more and more experiences.
But the reality is these things and experiences are temporary. Everything we touch and feel and see is temporary. But we do are best to keep them forever. Our memories hold these experiences, things, and people forever in time. But would we even try for these things if we would never remember? Or worse, would we rather lose all of our old memories or never be able to make new ones?
That’s a tough question. But here’s my thoughts on it.
Memories are so so special. Nobody can rob us of the things we hold deep in our mind. They are forever implanted in our minds so we don’t need have things forever. We can conjure up memories at the blink of an eye and remember people we miss or things we cherished. That’s beautiful.
But after some thought, I realized there was a fatal flaw. There was one thing about this argument that wasn’t fair. Yes, memories are valuable to almost all humans. But we can’t assume that our memories are forever. That brings me to two reasons I would choose to lose my old memories.
Think about it. What was your funniest thing you saw in elementary school? Or better yet, how did you celebrate your seventh birthday if you don’t mind me asking? Exactly. While we may have a general idea to the answers, we have to admit it’s a little fuzzy. That’s the truth.
We don’t remember everything forever. We’re losing memories every single day. And it’s sad to think about but that’s just how it goes. We’re forgetting details of precious moments every single second. So by the time I’m eighty there’s a slim chance I’ll remember the details of my first twenty three years of life. So screw it, I’ll lose them all now.
That’s one way to look at. Another way I look at is put this way. I’m an advocate for the future. I’m always more excited for the things that will come tomorrow over the things that were yesterday. I value the past. But the future is where my heart and ambitions lie. So I will always be more optimistic for the future.
But a big problem arises if I choose to prevent all future memories. Well then I’ll feel much less motivated to do things I want to remember. I’ll forever know I’ll only remember my distant past. Why go skydiving now? I’ll never remember a day later. Some might use it as motivation to be more present in the days that lie ahead. It makes sense.
But if there’s one last reason that could justify why I would give up my old memories for the new in a heartbeat, it’s this. When you think about it mathematically, it’s pretty straightforward. I’m twenty three right now. The average life expectancy is 78.7 years. There’s a lot more life ahead of me than behind me. When I reach forty maybe we can revisit this question!