This is just a quick post but seriously isn’t losing things and forgetting to do things the worst? Or at least the most frustrating.
I thought this old Calvin and Hobbes showed the frustration well. Lately I keep losing things and forgetting to do stuff. Like I lost an entire crate of Funko dolls that I was going to sell at the garage sale. It has vanished and I have no idea where it could have gone. I also lost my Pixar Shorts DVD and had to buy another copy because it vanished.
Then today I found out I had forgotten to register myself for the race tomorrow. I could have sworn under oath I had done that. I remembered to register my Dad but forgot myself. Luckily they have space and enough medals for me to sign up there. Still, the fact I forgot is baffling.
When I was in college I wanted very much to be treated like an adult and to be what I called “mature”. For some reason I saw losing things or forgetting stuff as immature.
There is one instance I will particularly never forget. My sister Anna was in a glee type choir and in order to perform at the state fair she had to be at practice on a day when the rest of the family was out of town. My parents decided to send her home early and expected me to make sure she got to the practice. This involved a lot of pieces getting her home including my Grandma picking her up at the airport and driving 4+ hours roundtrip to get her from the airport.
Then the day arrived and my sister and I started to organize her room. In my mind I was trying to be helpful and present the family with a cleaned up house on their arrival home. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that an hour had gone by and then another and one more. You get the idea. We forgot about the practice! I was mortified and everyone was rightfully very upset with me. It was so embarrassing at the time.
Nobody involved probably remembers that story except myself but it was awful. Forgetting can be like that. It can be very awkward, uncomfortable and frustrating.
Another funny example is when I was in high school I again was very concerned about appearing mature and grown up. I hated being treated like some stupid teen and wanted to be respected.
Well, my Dad was letting me drive a car of his and I was so wound up I kept forgetting to put the gas cap back on the car. To me this wasn’t just a gas cap but a sign that I was completely incompetent. One day after losing the cap I had gone through enough and burst into the home sobbing. My Dad of course worried I had been in an accident or something but then I said “I lost the gas cap again” and he started to laugh. It really is such a silly thing to get worked up over but at the time it was symbolic of my inability to handle my grown up responsibilities.
Anyway, losing stuff sucks. It really does. Forgetting stuff sucks. It really does! I suppose I could get better organized but sometimes that is even worse because I have no idea where I have organized it. So for meantime I just get a little annoyed and then try to laugh it off. It’s just one of those frustrating things. What are you going to do!
6 thoughts on “I Hate Forgetting Things”
Don’t feel bad. I frequently forget the golden rule of dressing one’s self in the morning: “Pants first, THEN shoes.” (I also have utilized a classic comic strip here. Do you know it?)
I hadn’t heard that one but love Farside. Always hilarious.
I went through a phase when I was 11-13 where I loved comic strips and made my aunt give me the funnies section of her newspaper every day. Calvin and Hobbes is great. My grandmother even gave me 2 books of Calvin and Hobbes strips.
I can relate to the actual subject matter. My mother has actually told me I remember everything and that that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Most of what happens to me I suppose isn’t worth remembering at all but I hated the scene in Inside Out where the memories were being erased. I wish I could write everything down to preserve it for good. But I have so many bad memories I dwell on I spiral rapidly between wishing there was someone I could pay to erase memories or preserve them.
I see what you are saying. I’ve been a journal writer all my life and go through spurts where it is painful to write about but I do find it valuable even in those moments. But everyone is different and needs different things. Calvin and Hobbes is the best! I totally agree.
The funny pages are one thing, but in the real world, forgetting is something that can be a reason to consult a doctor. E-mail me, if you have questions.
True. You are so thoughtful. Thank you. I don’t think it is anything that serious but I will definitely keep an eye on it and email you if I start to get worried.