Are you as sharp as a pin, or do you find yourself forgetting things that you really should know?
We all suffer a degree of memory loss as the years roll on, but it happens to some more than others. I readily admit to forgetting names on occasion, and it can be embarrassing. I met an old client at the airport one day, and chatted to her for five minutes before her name came back to me. I think I got away with it, but I was panicking slightly. I forget the names of actors; my wife and I went to see a film recently. I was telling my daughter about it the next day, and do you think I could remember that it was Judy Dench in one of the lead parts?
I'm not alone, apparently What about you (whatever your name is)?
I think you have hit on a key factor. They say that as you age you know enough about life to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were, and discard thoughts and preoccupations that are not really that important - you refine your life to the point where it ticks along quite nicely, and you aren't particularly interested in rushing around taking on all sorts of new responsibilities and commitments.
Mole: About 20 years ago I roughed out my Autobiography and wrote the first chapter. Then I showed it to my daughter's mother, who is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at a couple of minor Universities, with several successful Bonk Busters to her name.
Much of the book was to feature life in fashionable Chelsea during the 60's and 70's.
I can remember her primary comment most vividly, immediately after she'd had a look through my first draft: "Your writing style is execrable, and any way, you could not afford the Legal Fees!"
So my Backup is all contained in my grey matter and an old Zip Disk!
My memory at 79 is quite amazing. A week ago I signed up for Hmmm! it will come to me eventually (had to look at my emails :C ) BT Infinity. Every day since, prior to switching on my PC I've said to myself check my broadband download speeds. Seeing this thread reminded me, so I've just checked. At least I remembered to ask my wife to remind me, but her memory is about as good as mine