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Midlife Means Losing My Memory?

Today I’m happy to welcome Sulekha Rawat to share her midlife woes πŸ˜‰ here. Sulekha is one of the happiest and peaceful souls I know. Her ability to strike up friendships and her charm both online and offline make her one of the nicest bloggers I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person. Thanks for being here today, Sulekha. ♥

sulekha rawat

I write…My life is my Muse and my Muse is my life . I am a daughter,sister,wife,mother, friend and writer, all wrapped up into a complicated package called ME. I’m interested in Creative Writing, Poetry,Blogging,Social Media, Branding, Marketing, and Web Content. I contribute articles and poems to online magazines, Socialpotpourri, and also write on my blog – www.sulekharawat.com.  You can connect with my on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Midlife Means Losing My Memory?

Midlife is just another phase of life…or is it?

We live because we remember…memories are precious, treasure them.  My blog’s tagline explains my point so eloquently. As we grow older, we start taking life a bit easy; laugh longer, smile faster, speak our minds, don’t worry so much about pleasing people than being true to our instincts and feelings. We don’t try to fit in bit instead we come out of our own shadow and stand tall, though a bit fatigued due to a multitude of reasons, physical and hormonal.

I am a proud fifty year old young lady and all my facilities are in tip top condition, for my age. Sharing some instances here, that had me questioning my sanity and rushing to the doctors for a remedy. The threat of losing one’s memories makes them break out in a cold sweat, I was sweating too, haven’t stopped since. What could be the reason for my memory loss, forgetfulness, initial stages of Alzheimer’s, or some other new and undiscovered illness?

I was watching a movie on television, the actor looked very familiar but for the love of cinema, I couldn’t remember his name. I had seen a lot of his movies and knew his name but for some reason, couldn’t recall it, however much I tried. My mind was vacant- a white slate of forgetfulness.

The best part is that I rattled off the names of his movies- Bruce Almighty, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, The Mask, Ace Ventura, but no luck with his name. Finally I Googled him and found out the elusive name; Jim Carrey. This incident rattled me and left me very worried about my state of mind.

losing my memory

One fine day I logged on to Hotmail but realized to my dismay that I had forgotten the password, I log in at least 20 times a day, and I forgot!!! I tried everything but could not remember for the whole day, next morning it just came to me, I punched it in, and viola, I was in.

I am in-charge of keeping all the important bills and papers safely at home, but it has become a standing joke now that once I keep something safe, I can never find it. Once our electric bill couldn’t be found and we turned the house upside down as it was the last day before they levied a fine. Found it in an envelope, tucked in nice and safe in the dresser, just minutes before the bill payment window closed for the day.

I forget to wake up my kids or wake them up before time. I forget to take my pills or take them twice sometimes. I switch on the geyser and leave it on the whole day, and I am afraid someday I might switch on the gas and forget to turn it off.

It becomes awkward when my memory plays tricks on me, landing me in sticky situations. Once I met someone at a meeting and when I bumped into him after a couple of months, I was blank, I didn’t recognize him. He insisted we had talked, tried jogging my failing memory to no avail.

Yesterday I handed over the car keys to my driver at 9 A M and by 10.30 A M I was seething when I called him up to ask him why he hadn’t come to work. He was stunned and informed me he had reported at work at 9 A M sharp. I was mortified, yet again. He had the audacity to tell me to go for a consult with a doctor for my failing memory.

All I say is : ‘Enjoy midlife, almost half your life is over’ (the better half)

32 Comments

  1. Miss Alister Miss Alister July 12, 2014

    I came here for a look because I can identify! I’m sort of in Stephanie’s boat, in that memory’s never been a strength, not even in school. I ping, I pong, I forget what I want to remember and remember the most ridiculous things… I seem to remember the things that impact my psyche and forget the clothes in the dryer… And so it goes. It’s always good to know 1) there’s a normal amount of memory loss to expect and therefore 2) we’re not alone!
    Thanks for this post, I enjoyed it so much : )

  2. Sulekha Sulekha July 12, 2014

    Ron, so good to see your comment here πŸ™‚ I agree with you about being bombarded with too much information. Carrying a pad and pencil is a great idea, will follow suit πŸ™‚ thanks for visiting and commenting…happy remembering things πŸ™‚

  3. Ron Ron July 12, 2014

    I can relate Sulekha :). I always say that my daily exercise regimen is having a lot of stairs in my home…and forgetting things frequently. Although I suppose part of it could be a function of age (you are younger than I am), I think too that with the world as it is, we are inundated daily with far too much information to remember, and in the distillation process we lose some of the important stuff. I write things down a lot as well and carry a pad with me at all times.

    Embrace the good memories you retain…and carry pad and pencil πŸ˜‰

    Be well,
    Ron

  4. Sulekha Sulekha July 12, 2014

    Thank you, Corinne for hosting me on your blog and writing such a beautiful introduction for me. I had a great time reading all the comments here and replying to them. Good to know that I am not alone in this scary journey, thank you all.

  5. Sulekha Sulekha July 12, 2014

    Stephanie, I shudder to think of turning 90, when I am so bad now πŸ™‚ The name on the tip of the tongue is so frustrating, I can’t sleep if I don’t find out the song or name of the movie I am trying to remember and can’t πŸ™‚ Thanks for your visit and comment.

  6. Stephanie Faris Stephanie Faris July 10, 2014

    Honestly, I have experienced memory failures like that most of my life. That name that’s on the tip of your tongue… I think sometimes it’s just that we’re thinking too hard. I’ve found that with passwords. You enter it automatically every day, but they day you stop to think about it, you can’t recall it! I worked on a help desk for 10 years and I can’t tell you how many times I’d ask someone what their password is and they’d tell me they couldn’t remember it without typing it…and at that point, they’d still have trouble recalling it because I was standing there!

    That said, a little deterioration is normal. It’s going to happen to everyone as they age. Wait ’til we’re 90! We’ll be lucky to remember our own names!

  7. Crystal Collier Crystal Collier July 10, 2014

    Oh my. Now you’re making me worried. I topped my mental capacity about a year ago and have been losing track of details and names ever since. We attributed it to being overwhelmed, which it might be, but maybe I’m just getting old. In my 30’s. I could happen, right?

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 12, 2014

      Crystal, you have a long way to go πŸ™‚ It won’t happen if you keep your mind sharp by solving puzzles and sudoku. Prevention is better than cure, isn’t it? thanks.

  8. Bhavya Bhavya July 9, 2014

    I think you ladies are rocking your life, taking each day as it comes, staying as cool as cucumbers! I only hope by the time I reach middle age I will have your same attitude and gusto to life πŸ™‚

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 12, 2014

      Bhavya, trust me you will be super-cool, you are πŸ™‚ thanks a ton for making my day.

  9. Swati Bhattacharya Swati Bhattacharya July 9, 2014

    I love this post! πŸ™‚ Thank God I’m not the only one! I sometimes introduce myself to someone and it takes me a minute to remember my own name. I was sure that I was getting alzheimers and would blank out on the world soon. So glad to read this. Had a good laugh too! πŸ™‚

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 12, 2014

      Swati, good to see you here πŸ™‚ Please listen to the advice and soak 5 almonds daily for a stronger memory. Thanks for loving my post.

  10. Sreeja Praveen Sreeja Praveen July 9, 2014

    OMG…. Even though you conveyed the news with enough humour, I’m already dreading the day I might end up losing the most vital memories of life πŸ˜€
    Jokes apart, this is a reminder post. To take things as they come. Not to worry about such lapses of memory. This happens to me even now πŸ˜€ The safe-keeping of documents, car keys, keys of almirah, Mobile phones… the case with me too πŸ™‚
    There are days when I get to hear a humming and kill my brains to remember which song that was from…. πŸ™‚
    One tip I use is to memorise Phone numbers. Sort of keeps me active πŸ™‚
    You’re as lovely as you are, Sulekha πŸ™‚ Thanks Corinne, for hosting her here πŸ™‚

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 12, 2014

      Sreeja, I am so relieved to read all the comments here and to know that so many of us are sailing in the same boat πŸ™‚ Songs stuck in the head are equally bad, thanks for your sweet comment.

  11. Kriti Kriti July 9, 2014

    How does it matter what you are forgetting or what you are not if your pen still has that style! You had me in splits Mitr!

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 11, 2014

      Mitr, thank you for saying such kind words. Smiles help cover miles πŸ™‚

  12. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra July 9, 2014

    An enjoyable read, Sulekha!
    In two years I will be hitting that mid-century number. And I am happy I read this post now, so I have at least two years to prepare myself πŸ˜‰ I hope my ‘5 almonds a day’ routine will be of some use when I need it the most πŸ™‚ But jokes apart, I can see how stressful such a situation can feel for someone, especially those who begin to get too much worked up over this.
    The memory loss or other health issues will come one day or the other. But as the wise say, the key is to remember to take it all in the right attitude.
    Thanks Corinne for having Sulekha as your guest blogger for the day!

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 11, 2014

      Beloo, the 5 almond trick works but I am too lazy to do it πŸ™‚ or I forget πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting and writing such a lovely comment.

  13. Pixie Pixie July 9, 2014

    Lovely post Sulekha!! I’m already forgetful and absent minded!! Never mind me at 50!! Gosh!! πŸ˜€
    I write stuff down mostly so that I remember and keep reminders as well. Its helped quite a bit πŸ™‚

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 10, 2014

      Thanks for the tips, Pixie. I have started doing the same now, hope it helps πŸ™‚

  14. Sheela Sheela July 9, 2014

    Lovely Sulekha! For the first few things you mentioned, I’m also facing the same, but for the rest…oh no …! I’ve to be cautious!
    Well … no regrets…’coz handling a lot of data in our brains, since long, is not a joke…haha πŸ™‚
    Thank you and Corinne for sharing this ….

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 10, 2014

      Sheela, learn from us veterans and make plans to avoid making the same mistakes πŸ™‚ thanks.

  15. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg July 9, 2014

    You post has scared me, Sulekha! πŸ˜‰ Going by the looks of it, I may have to consult a doc, real soon πŸ˜€ Even I keep important bills, documents at very safe places and then dont remember these safe places when we need these important things.
    Enjoyed reading this post and that quote is awesome! πŸ™‚
    Good to see you here at Corinne’s space πŸ™‚

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 10, 2014

      Shilpa,
      I didn’t mean to scare anyone but just wanted to share my experiences πŸ™‚ Safe places are hard to remember, thanks for your lovely comment.

  16. Tina Tina July 9, 2014

    not in my midlife but losing memory is sort of everyday thing. I happen to get these minute amnesia in the ‘Ghajini style’ and if I am carring an umbrella there 102% chances that I’ll forget it somewhere!!!

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 10, 2014

      Tina, been there, done that πŸ™‚ thanks for the comment.

  17. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury July 8, 2014

    Sulekha, I am going to be afraid. Very very afraid. πŸ™‚ So far, no lapses of reason or memory, but I am sure it could strike when I least expect it! Right now I feel as though I have miles to go before I sleep and I cleverly write everything down. Hmph!

    I am enjoying “midlife”.

    Great guest, Corinne!

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 9, 2014

      Viday, you are one lucky lady and an intelligent one too πŸ™‚ I must start writing things down too, thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Shailaja V Shailaja V July 8, 2014

    Dear Sulekha,

    At this rate, I will need a doctor very soon πŸ˜‰ You seem to have described what a lot of people go through these days. I think memory loss comes to everyone at various stages, of course. As long as we aren’t harming ourselves or others as a consequence of it, you should be fine πŸ™‚ I think you do very well indeed. You are such an active woman and a blogger of your calibre is so rare to come across. Loved this piece and especially that quote! Thank you for hosting her, Corinne.

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 9, 2014

      Dear Shailaja, thank you so much for your lovely words. Birds of a feather flock together, hence we all are in Write Tribe πŸ™‚ The Moving Quill writes beautifully too…

  19. Debbie Debbie July 8, 2014

    Greetings Sulekha and Corinne! πŸ™‚ I’m almost ten years ahead of you Sulekha and just wanted you to know that you’re not alone. It can drive you crazy, can’t it? There’s something just stuck right there in the back of your mind or on the tip of your tongue and it JUST WON’T come out! Welcome to the joys of menopause and getting older. πŸ˜‰ The upside is what you mentioned at the beginning…we come into our own, more confident, more outspoken, taking life easier, etc. etc. Great post! I also wrote about ageing, but more from the physical side.

    • Sulekha Sulekha July 9, 2014

      Thanks Debbie, there are days when I feel like pulling my hair out in frustration πŸ™‚ Menopause is a nightmare. I like the upside of menopause and it helps me cope with the changes. Will definitely check out your blog, sounds very interesting.
      A big thanks to Corinne for posting my article on her blog.

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