Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
A memory is a small sliver of a remarkable or horrid experience that you remember. They can be good or bad. They could be almost like a vivid dream or an intense nightmare. Going to your first concert is a memory. I remember the first one I went to was a Kelly Clarkson concert for my friend’s birthday when I was in third grade. I remember my 6th birthday included a bounce house and cotton candy. I remember the water balloon fight between my family and our close family friends. All of these memories are distinct times in my life that I immensely enjoyed. They made me who I am to do this day. I learned from all these memories. I learned from all of my mistakes too. Without these memories and experiences I doubt I would be where I am today, but because I know I was able to make it where I wanted to be once. I know I could do it again. And maybe I would try and do new things.
Living life without being able to make new memories is much like a broken record. Your constantly on repeat doing, saying, and thinking the same things over and over again. Without the ability to make new memories you also lose the chance of ever broadening your horizons. You lose the opportunity to think outside the box. You lose the chance at being creative. You lose the possible courage to go skydiving or zip lining.
Although you literally lose all of memories, I believe that not being able to make new ones is a harsher punishment/fate that no one should endure.
“We don’t remember days, we remember moments.”