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Life Notes

I used to make daily life notes when I was growing up. From fifth grade until my sophomore year of college I would jot down what I did each day into a note pad. It was kind of like a diary or a journal, but I only gave a brief synopsis of what I did, who I hung out with, where I ate, what movies I saw, etc. I didn’t go into too much detail. It was a way of getting myself to try new things, to avoid falling into a pattern, and to remember what I’ve done.

I don’t know why I did it. I just did it. I’m glad that I did. I rediscovered my notebooks earlier tonight and spent the last hour reliving my senior year of high school. Like I know when I saw X2 for the first time (it was Friday May 5, 2003 at 11:15 AM). I know who I saw it with (Cody, Jimmy, and Michelle). I know that means I probably smoked weed before. I know that I ran into Marissa on the way home. I know that I hung out with Misha later and then Megan after that. I might have forgotten everything entirely, but when I see it written down in my chicken scratch the memories come flooding back. That’s the point of memories: to remember them.

I kind of wish that I kept taking life notes but Facebook does that for me now.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Damn, That Was a Year Ago?!?

Tick tock goes the clock and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. I’ve learned that life has to be lived in the moment because that’s when it’s happening. If you do it right then good moments become good memories. Social media makes it easier to remember a lot of things because we document so much of our lives these days. I’ve noticed that Facebook has started showing me pictures of events and milestones on their anniversaries. I’ll see a picture of me and some friends sitting in a tree drinking beer and think to myself, “Damn, that was a year ago?!?” The memories will come flooding back, I’ll smile and reminisce for a minute, and then I’ll repost it and tag the people involved so we can all bask in the golden glow of the good old days. Memories aren’t memories unless you remember them from time to time.

Critically Rated at 17/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Belated Birthday

People have birthdays. And other people forget them. It sucks. It’s life. Oh well. There’s nothing wrong with wishing somebody a belated birthday. You didn’t forget their birthday. You just didn’t remember it in time. In the old days you could get away with forgetting birthdays because you could claim that their card got lost in the mail. It’s harder to get away with it these days because Facebook tells you everybody’s birthday. All you can do is feign ignorance. Belated birthdays give you have a reason to celebrate a birthday again. Buy them a drink and give them a toast in their honor. Belated birthdays aren’t so bad as long as you get to celebrate them. I still love you. I just suck at remembering things.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Brain Fart

Your phone buzzes, you go to answer it, but then your mind goes blank and you completely forget your passcode. You can’t remember it at all. It starts to drive you crazy. You know your passcode by heart. You enter it into your phone every fifteen minutes. And for some reason you can’t recall those four simple digits for the life of you. You’re having a brain fart. That’s when you forget something that you know you know, like your Social Security number or what you need to make a BLT. Brain farts happen all the time. Can’t remember your kindergarten teacher’s name? Brain fart. Can’t find your fork until you look at your hand? Brain fart. Can’t remember who wrote Harry Potter? Brain fart. Can’t remember why you walked into a room? Brain fart. They are a part of life. Get used to them. All you can do is hope that you’re not on a game show when your brain starts farting.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Knowing You Have Something To Do But Forgetting What It Was

You have the day off to lounge around the house and catch up on chores and errands. You do laundry, wash that stack of dishes that’s been neglected in the sink, pay a couple of bills, and now you can just crack open a beer and catch up on your TV shows. A few hours into your marathon and that nagging feeling that you didn’t do something creeps up on you. It’s something unimportant enough to forget, and still important enough to sort of remember. But what the hell is it? Knowing you have something to do but forgetting what is was is enough to keep you awake at night. Hopefully it’s not work related and you’re just screwing over a friend or family member. I can always lose a friend but I can’t afford to lose my job right now.

Critically Rated at 3/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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