Dude, where’s my keys?
I lose things. I get lost. I do not keep a regular schedule. These are all well-documented facts.
Losing my keys, purse, shoes, documents, bills, checkbook….happens all the time.
Luckily, I have a small house….so items really can’t go that far. (or so you would think) After a brief game of hide and go seek, and focused attention, I can find the lost item and go on. This is part of my life.
My biggest fear though, is losing my memory. My grandma lost a lot of what made her “her” toward the end of her life and that scares the bejeebers out of me.
While I have always…ALWAYS…been flighty and forgetful….partly due to “living in my head” …the streaming news feed from my private weirdness central creativity channel definitely plays a part, but so does the fact that I have hypothyroidism – along with the lovely side effects such as fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, low blood pressure and cold intolerance; memory problems are a distinct issue. I take a big ol’dose of medication everyday…but also research natural ways to boost my brain power….and find my dang keys.
Grandma also had a major case of hypothyroidism and personality-wise, we were a lot alike, she was a songwriter, a talented poet, slightly wild in her own way and a big health nut. This also scares me- she jumped rope daily, built her own solar powered home in the middle of nowhere, pursued her writing career and yet…got seriously lost somewhere inside herself.
I will not give in to the “aging theory” those who continually say, “oh, you’re just getting old” I really believe a lot of what is delegated to aging can be a simple lack of nutrition, exercise and use…..(even with my grandma as an exception..) I plan on living to organize my 75th high school reunion….
So, I read all the anti-aging, brain-boosting articles I can find…and have a running list of things to try. Here are my recent favorites that, even if they don’t “work” are enjoyable for the present.
Rosetta Stone – learning a new language – even though a part of me thinks I won’t be able to….
Colorful food – no, not jelly beans – homegrown stuff – berries, spinach….
Sleep – after conducting a research assignment for an online company, I am completely convinced sleep is a HUGE deal. HUGE.
Ban Toxins – I try to be all green and hippie-chick…but the truth is, toxic products, cleaning and beauty, are usually cheap….so I am consciously working on this one. Figuring out how to use natural stuff on a daily basis, not just when I am on a “kick.” Baking soda, vinegar, lemon….they do work – just have to remember ….
Friends – this is where my grandma and I differ, to a point. Like her I could be perfectly fine without a lot of interaction…I am never bored….but, a lot of anti-aging research points to building relationships…so, I have to take the leap and try to make, and keep, friends. (hence dancing buddies and sports….plus it’s a whole lot of fun, once I drag myself out :)
So, that’s part of the plan to keep the electricity firing in my brain properly….
In the meantime people are just going to have to be patient while my keys, shoes, library books, bills and I are playing hide and seek.