OMG---I Have Such A Great Topic For A Discussion, And.........

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
August 7, 2010 3:36am CST
.........my doorbell rings. I get up from my chair in front of the computer to answer the doorbell. It's a neighbor of mine. I had been talking to her about my bad arthritis issues and she asked if I have a VCR and I said yes, so she handed me a VHS tape by the famous nutritionist Gary Null. She volunteers time where he works and had been given a freebie video tape of his. She doesn't have a VCR so thought to give it to me....how nice to think of me and give the tape to me!!! So my neighbor and I chat for awhile about this and that, I thank her for the tape and close my door and go back over to the computer again, and then...... ...that wonderful idea for a topic for a discussion had slipped away...not only was it a great idea for a discussion, but I could have been turned into an article for Associated Content..but CRAP.....for the life of me I couldn't remember what the hell it was. Now I have always prided myself in having a great memory...I REALLY do.....but this has driven me to the point of near insanity that I can't remember that great topic idea for not only a discussion but article idea. It wasn't like I had gotten the idea hours before and failed to write it down....it was only minutes or so, yet, yes, I forgot what it was. So have any of you thought of a great topic for a discussion only to forget what it was? I'm hoping while I go to deep slumber that maybe that idea will pop in my head again somehow. In the meantime, I'll be wracking my gray cells to try and remember the topic.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Stuff like that happens to me all the time. I can remember all kinds of things, but often thoughts that are really good that I need to use ASAP slip out of my mind as quickly as they appear.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Aug 10
LOL--the problem was that since the "interruption" was only some minutes not hours I thought I could remember my "wonderful" idea
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• Philippines
8 Aug 10
@sedel1027 i know that feeling. even i think even harder to remember. it doesnt come back. i hate it! and have you experience that you know that something and if feels like it is at the end of your tongue and it doesnt come out. i hate that too.! @pyewacket it is not only you. it happens to me all the time! :)
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@celticeagle (117156)
• Boise, Idaho
7 Aug 10
Well, you know life is over for you as you knew it. You are one of the aged now. Haha. No really- Yes, I have had this happen before so many times! What I finally started doing is keeping a web log. I keep a tablet next to the PC at all times now and when a situation like you described comes up I hurriedly write down what the idea is so I don't forget. Sometimes just afew keywords so I will recall it. Seems to work for me.
@Hatley (164757)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Aug 10
hiceltic and pye whats even worse is when you had something you were really dying to tell your friend, and right in the midst of telling zip the thought is gone and you are sitting there like a dufus trying to remember what it was you were going to tell your friend.So embarrassing and she is trying to help me remember, and I am about to cry from frustration. of course around midnight I wake up, and oh yes I wanted to tell Nelda such and such.
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@mentalward (14697)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Hatley, I can't remember how many times that's happened to me. Halfway through saying something, it just flies away. I'll look totally stupid for a few seconds before saying that I just lost what I was in the middle of saying. It IS frustrating and it almost always finds it's way back into the old brain pan in the middle of the night.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Normally I do often jot things down, like say an idea for an article but maybe I'm not going to write it right at the moment--you should see all my ideas for articles I've jotted down...now just have to shake my booty and write them...but since I was interrupted by the doorbell I didn't even have time to jot down the idea Oh my yes that has happened to me too Hatley and mentalward...I'll be talking to someone as well, and then all of a sudden it's like I have amnesia...my train of thought flies away
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• United States
7 Aug 10
I do that all the time. I think of a good topic when I'm in all oddball places, & then when I actually get onto the computer, I find that I had forgotten. The few times I actually remembered, it turned out that someone had already started a similar discussion, & then instead of starting my own discussion, I end up responding to that discussion instead.
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• United States
8 Aug 10
So have you pulled any pranks on whoever was knocking on that door?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 10
Nope--haven't pulled any pranks on the person knocking on my door....been a good girl
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Aw I'm sorry pye, I am sure it wold have been great..Maybe if you can recall what you were doing when the idea hit you, you might be able to remember it. I know I have had ideas, and forget them..sometimes I remember and sometimes I don't. And some times the ones I remember I am grateful I didn't start a discussion because it was stupid.. Anyways, pye, if it was meant to be written, I believe it will come back to you..
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Well I do have good news. About an hour after I started this discussion I was thinking about random things and for some reason was thinking about photography (yes have weird thoughts), then it was eureka! That's the idea for a discussion and possible article was about...so I quick jotted down the idea and now plan to start an article first about what I was thinking of
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• United States
7 Aug 10
That's great,I am so happy for you..I'll be looking for your discussion, if I don't see it tonight, I will look for it tomorrow..:)
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 10
Haven't gotten around to that discussion yet...at least I remember what it was I wanted to write now..
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
7 Aug 10
I have...so now when I think of something I make a list...otherwise it's lost somewhere during the day...what did the tape say? I have arthritis too.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
15 Aug 10
Much of the info about arthritis one sees in the tape one can look up on different websites, including Gary Null's own site, so no big "revelations" there..but it was still nice of my neighbor to give it to me
7 Aug 10
Hi pyewacket, That has happened to me before, I would have a great topic and then someone would phone, after chattering to them about nothing, put the phone down and the I have forgotten it all, it does annoys me no end and just wished people would leave me alone, not forgetting hubby who is really annoying that I cannot get on with things, lol! Bright Blessings. Tamara
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
15 Aug 10
Yeah the phone is another annoyance that will interrupt my thoughts. That's why with my landline phone I always had the answering machine on, and if the phone rang would listen to the message to see who it was, but even if it were a friend of mine, I wouldn't answer, I would call back when it was suitable for me...LOL
@BarBaraPrz (19337)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Aug 10
In the meantime, you could give us a run-down of what's on the tape...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
7 Aug 10
LOL---I only watched a little of the tape so far...my neighbor who doesn't have a computer nor even knows how to use one forgets I have access to a lot of the same ideas that are on the tape, still it's not a bad tape
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@BarBaraPrz (19337)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 Aug 10
So, what's it about?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 10
How to help oneself with arthritis but with natural means...unfortunately I tried most of them and still didn't help
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@jerzgirl (7978)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
7 Aug 10
If you can remember what you were doing and where when you got your great idea, go back and retrace your steps - literally. If you were sitting, then sit there again; look around; go over everything in your head that you can remember from that moment. There had to be a "trigger" that unveiled the idea. If you can recapture that "trigger", you should be able to recapture the idea. I'm very ADD - I can get up to do something and by the time I get to where I intended to go, I've forgotten why. So, I go back to where I began and literally relive my actions. I almost always remember whatever it was I forgot in that 25' of walking.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
9 Aug 10
Fortunately about an hour or so after posting this discussion I actually did remember what it was I wanted to post...haven't gotten around to it yet...might tomorrow, but at least I remember what it was about, and yes as soon as I remember this time I wrote down the topic title
@dawnald (84132)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Aug 10
Yeah it happens, although usually I am able to retrace my thoughts and get back to it. Not if I sleep on it though. If I sleep on it, poof, it's gone.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
16 Aug 10
Hi Pye it seem its not me the only one who had trouble like thats. Usually when I in front of computer I had idea to make a discussion but when my mom asking me to do something. When I back to computer the idea thats I had seem to be vanish without a clue. I don't what it call, but I hope its not the sign we got talent for Alzheimer .
@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
14 Aug 10
Dear Pye, you have no idea how good I felt when I read your discussion. I've always prided myself on a good memory. Oh it's not a photographic memory and it is not so good in some areas but basically, for numbers and faces and names and dates of events and so on it's always been pretty good. Lately, the past few months I've begun having episodes of not remembering stuff. Usually it's a word that won't come out or what day did I do a certain thing (yesterday or the day before) and so on. I've been getting quite worried that I'm already entering a stage of older age that I thought I would avoid for some time yet. The thing I hate is that we seem to have no control over stuff like this. We don't want it to be this way but our brain is just going to go ahead and do it's own thing. I read somewhere recently that we need to train our brain to remember things and that makes sense but HOW???
• United States
14 Aug 10
you're talking to the woman who forgets what she was going to say midsentence but oh yea,i do that too.i'll be scared when it doesn't come back. usually i do remember after awhile.
@mayka123 (10285)
• India
9 Aug 10
o m g - Oh my God!! I have forgotton it again!
This has happened to me many a times. I nowadays either make a note on a writing pad or else just a reminder in my mobile. Quite often it has happened that while travelling I have thought of something only to forget about it by the time I reach home. So now I just make an email to myself from my mobile so that the idea is saved in my inbox!
• United States
8 Aug 10
Hi Pye-darlin; LOL! That sort of thing happens to me daily, its a wonder I've not forgotten my own name you know? I Hate it too that I can forgot something that easily and quickly. It will come back to you when you rest your head on your pillow of a night, that's usually when I remember stuff and then I'm too lazy to get up to write it down...LOL! {{hugs to you}}
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
8 Aug 10
Hi there Pye, Actually, this here is a good discussion even if it isn't the one you forgot to remember! Yes, it actually happens to me all the time. I will be at work and someone will start in talking about something and I think to myself what a great discussion it would make. Hours later when I'm relaxed at home, do you think I could remember what it was we were talking about? Other times, I will be in my car and something will come to me but again it will be lost by the time I am home. I keep vowing to myself to keep a notebook and pen handy at all times but then ...I forget.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
8 Aug 10
It has been happening to me more and more frequently lately. I put it down to menopause and too many things on my mind but I don’t know…I write down article and discussion ideas immediately they pop into my head or they will be gone forever into the dark recesses of my mind! Another thing that occurs to me on a regular basis is that I forget whether I have just done something; I will be doing chores and not recall if I have swept a certain part of the floor, for example. It is so frustrating! I hate it, I feel like I am coming down with Alzheimer or something, should I worry? Hope your idea comes back to you...
• United States
8 Aug 10
Yikes! That really stinks! Maybe if you think about something else for a while it will come to you! I hate when I totally forget things, it makes me crazy!
• United States
8 Aug 10
You are absolutely not alone on this one as I do it every day. I often am somewhere and an idea pops in my mind especially about a circumstance I am facing that moment. While I am there I keep telling myself, as soon as I get home I will write my wonderful article. Over and over in mind I continue to repeat it. Then I get home and darn I can't remember. So call aging call what you like but what I have resprted to start writing things down as soon as they pop into my mind. Now I just have to remember where the heck did I write it down at.
@minx267 (12425)
• Hartford, Connecticut
8 Aug 10
LMAO. Oh, If only I had a dime for every time this has happened to me.. You are not alone. and... it's a B*itch to get old.. It seems my memory is one of the fist things to go. I find that often if you try to completely relax your brain- rest it -let it go blank. go to a different subject. That the thought may often come back to you. Or retrace your steps up until the time of your brainstorm.. maybe it was something you were doing right before that triggered the idea and you can re-trigger it. Honestly though, I can not tell you how many times I drive myself nuts trying to remember things that I know I know and have simply categorized somewhere in my brain so badly that I can't find them. hehe. Usually after I force myself to STOP thinking about it. It will come to me. It could be 10 minutes later.. and hour later.. Heck, once I remembered a day later something I was trying to remember for a friend.. I had to text her in the middle of the night lest I forget again. Thankfully she wasn't mad at me.. She just LOL'd at me and called me a loon.. Which is so totally true sometimes.. Good luck.
@zed_k4 (17630)
• Singapore
8 Aug 10
Mine would be the other way round.. I would have the answer to a particular discussion in mind, which I thought out to be great... then I decide to go to the restroom or stuff for example, come back and kaboom*... the idea is gone. Then I'll come out with something really not as great as what I've intended it to be. All along saying to myself if only I've typed out the answer first.. if only..