The old saying is “Life is short.”
While in a true sense of time and the world and the universe and everything else, that’s totally true, the realization is life can be long in some parts.
Throughout life, we make many memories. Some are good. Some are bad. Some are a little of both. Life goes through phases, too. You are young and a child; a teenager; an adult; middle age; retirement etc.
And I’m not a scientist and I can’t say I truly understand how the human brain works, but the reality is most people aren’t going to be able to lock away years and years of memories without anything fading.
How many of you truly remember your childhood.
I have some memories, though they are spotty. I remember little things, like adventures and such. But there are many details I can’t recall. Others, I have pieces of what happened, but the rest has faded over time.
But what do you forget? What fades? It can be a mix, of course. In life we have to deal with loss and death. We get to experience joy with births and marriages and things like that. We get the times where we feel lost.
All of those aspects create memories.
Certain memories, when you don’t get to relive them often, start to fade.
For example, I still remember the smell of my grandmother’s house when she was cooking. She was an Italian lady and when she cooked – she cooked.
But other things – my father’s voice, for example, are harder to still hear, to remember. Fading memories is what they’ve become. I feel, at times, I can remember the sound of voices of people who have passed, but most of the time it’s distant and hard, thus a continually fading memory.
There are a lot of memories I wish would fade, but they stick with me. There are things in my childhood that make me have a hate or a severe dislike of certain times or people because of how they played part in making my life not so fun as a younger person. These memories can often be vivid and easily seen.
But friends and family who have passed on, sometimes those memories fade. The smiles, the advice, the sound of their voices – fading away.
It’s part of how life is.
It’s different now, though.
Technology helps us as a society have memories that may not fade. Digital photography, voice recorders, videos, etc. All of these items will allow people have memories from different parts of their lives. I’ve probably taken more photos of my godson/nephew in his two years on earth than were taken of me for most of my childhood.
It’s a different time.
Selfies and quick videos will allow people to document different things as well as keep records of what people looked like and sounded like.
Whether that’s good or bad is something that will likely be debated for many years. The human mind will continue to work as it does and there will be ways to trigger these fading memories.
It’s a different time now than when I grew up, that’s for sure.
Fading memories happen. It’s a way for the mind to be able to store more memories. In time, some memories fully fade away and that’s part of life. Embrace those memories of yours that don’t fade as they will hopefully allow you to smile and know that life is a wonderful place – most of the time!
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