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The Water Cooler – Would You Want To Remember Every Detail Of Your Life? Why Or Why Not?


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QUESTION: Would you want to remember every detail of your life? Why or why not?


Talk about it….


Roz August 24, 2023 - 12:25 PM - 12:25 PM

Oh, … would have to say, I remember most of it already.
Just wouldn’t want to re-live the physical pain some of it had caused.
Still have nerve damage in my left hand & foot.

Ricardoh August 24, 2023 - 12:42 PM - 12:42 PM

If you dwell or remember all the bad stuff I feel sorry for you. Look back at the good things if you have to look back.

Hanne Jeppesen August 25, 2023 - 9:45 AM - 9:45 AM

I find as you get older you most remember the good times. I kept a journal/dairy of what I was doing from age 14 to 25 . Not for every day, but would write what I did who I spend time with, hopes, dreams, who I met, dated etc.

For years it was stashed away then one day in the late nineties I took those journals out and read them again. The time I was an au pair, I obviously had a very active social and dating life. I had to laugh when I read the diary, often I would write, I’m having a wonderful time, everybody is so nice to me. Then one the same page I would mention how sick I was of things (that usually meant someone I was dating, was no dependable) obviously I had was a little schizophrenic about my life then. Looking back all these years late my time as an au pair and the 2 years I lived in New York City after that were the best and most exciting of my life.

S August 24, 2023 - 12:42 PM - 12:42 PM

Nah, it would boggle my mind….

Dawg August 24, 2023 - 12:50 PM - 12:50 PM

I have childhood memories going back to when I was about three or four that I remember quite vividly, but some adult memories can be a little foggy. I can remember certain events, but sometimes I can’t remember what led up to them. Forgetting some details doesn’t bother me, I can live with it.

Hanne Jeppesen August 25, 2023 - 10:04 AM - 10:04 AM

As I just wrote in another post I kept a diary for about 11 years, reading it as a mature adult years later was quite an eye opener. I had been an au pair in Westport Ct. for almost 2 years, and decided to go back to Denmark for about 3 months, or perhaps decide if I should come back to the states or stay in Denmark.
I had been dating someone for 3 months, we had unbelieveable chemistry, and had a lot of fun together. He was in the air force in Maine. When I told him I was going back to Denmark (over the phone) he said he would try to come to Westport the last week end before I left, but couldn’t promise. He called me a Thursday night and said I will be in Westport at 1 a.m. meet me at the Westport diner. I was ectsatic. When I was off from my au pair duties, about 9 p.m. I went down to the local hang out to meet friends. A guy I knew asked me to a party, I considered him a friend no more. I accepted, but told him he had to promise to take me to Westport diner at 1 p.m. because I was meeting Steve there. He promised, everyone new Steve and I were dating. When 1 a.m. rolled around he refused to take me. Finally after yelling at him he did, I was 20 minutes late no Steve. I called him the next day and apologized. That night we had a date and had a good time. The next night Saturday, there was a big party at someone’s house, I told Steve about it, we all knew eachother he knew the guys that had the party and where they lived. At 11 p.m. the night of the party, no Steve. I was called him an asked when he was coming, he said he was in a bad mood and we would just get into a fight. We fought over the phone he refused to change his mind. I was so upset and drank too much. He called me the next morning, and we spend the day together. I left for Denmark a day later. While I was in Denmark Steve was send to Korea. I came back to the US, end of December. Moved to New York City, Steve got back from Korea in June, we continued to date for more than a year. While I was in Denmark he told my friends he was mad that I stood him up. For years all I remembered was that he didn’t show up to the party before I was to leave. When I read my diary I saw my part of it. Like Steve said “Hanna you don’t go to a party with another guy when you have a date”. I was 23 and wanted as much out of life as possible. Again I was not going out with the other guy, I considered him a friend and just wanted to kill the time until I could meet Steve at 1 a.m. Of course Steve was right.

Captain Bebops August 24, 2023 - 12:54 PM - 12:54 PM

You mean other people don’t remember every detail of their life? 😲

Cowellian August 24, 2023 - 1:19 PM - 1:19 PM

I’d be happy to remember why I walked into the room.

Original G August 24, 2023 - 2:56 PM - 2:56 PM

Took a while to find which website this was on

Cowellian August 25, 2023 - 9:26 AM - 9:26 AM


domo August 24, 2023 - 1:21 PM - 1:21 PM

No – I remember too much anyway

Kentucky Derby August 24, 2023 - 1:35 PM - 1:35 PM

As long as I remember to get up in the morning, I’m a happy camper…

Jeff (the other one) August 24, 2023 - 2:38 PM - 2:38 PM

I’d be happy if I could remember even 40%. More like I would be happy if 40% of events were memorable.

Sandy G August 24, 2023 - 2:47 PM - 2:47 PM

So far, I still remember most of it.My housemate who recently passed away at the age of 99, didn’t write on the back of photographs (and she had a TON of photographs) cuz she thought she’d always remember. At 99 years old, she did not remember. At lease not always…..

Dr. Jellyfinger August 24, 2023 - 3:27 PM - 3:27 PM

In the town of broken dreams
The streets are filled with regret
Maybe down in Lonesome Town
I can learn to forget ……

nytemuvr August 24, 2023 - 6:57 PM - 6:57 PM

I was just listening to Ricky Nelson’s greatest hits in my pickup yesterday.

concord grape August 24, 2023 - 3:35 PM - 3:35 PM

Lets see, did I have three or four cocktails, can’t remember

Antonius August 24, 2023 - 3:58 PM - 3:58 PM

I would like to forget more than remember.

Dr. Jellyfinger August 24, 2023 - 5:01 PM - 5:01 PM

Here’s another song lyric…

You’re breaking my heart
Tearing it apart

Did I remember that right?

nytemuvr August 24, 2023 - 7:00 PM - 7:00 PM

@DR. JELLYFINGER…You almost got the lyrics right, old Mr. Nilson could really put things in perspective.

Jeff (the other one) August 24, 2023 - 7:27 PM - 7:27 PM

close….probably a more appropriate recitation for this board.

Cowellian August 25, 2023 - 8:55 PM - 8:55 PM

Dr Jelly,
That’s close enough for government work.
On the Ustafish, that was our official field day song.

redrazor August 26, 2023 - 1:22 PM - 1:22 PM

I LOVED Harry Nilsson!! Still have a few of his albums.

Simonpure August 24, 2023 - 6:06 PM - 6:06 PM

Every day since October of 1980. Met the love of my life. I wouldn’t change anything before that either as it”s simply learning experiences but that’s my favorite and always will be. I wish everyone could be so blessed. I know our favorite Roz is.

Doremi August 25, 2023 - 7:28 AM - 7:28 AM

Nah. My moral compass is very much intact.
I’m still an optimist and have passed the good character test. Anything else is given up to Jesus. I am humbled by my good fortune even as I laugh at my pure cussedness when occasion calls for fury. A good enough life and a clean conscience is golden. But I am simple like that. Did I miss the mark again? 😄

Hanne Jeppesen August 25, 2023 - 10:20 AM - 10:20 AM

As I wrote in other posts here I kept a journal/diary for about 11 years, that certainly helps to refresh your memory. When I read about certain people, events experiences, I remember it like it was yesterday. I consider it a special gift you get to relive the good times over and over, and the bad. However, as I get older the bad fades away and the good stands out. I think I have a very good memory about the past. When I talk to my Danish girlfriend on the phone (She lives back East) I remember more about growing up in Denmark than she does. We both love movies, I love to talk movies, but often when I mention a scene or quote from a movie she will not remember, where as I do. Not sure why, perhaps I’m more impressionable. Some movies that I really love I have seen more than once. From here to eternity, Casablanca, other’s as well. She often says to me how do you remember all that. I do have other friends that like can quote lines from a movie or what it was about.

nytemuvr August 26, 2023 - 4:10 PM - 4:10 PM

@HANNE JEPPESEN….Here’s a line from the 1980 classic movie “Motel Hell” with Rory Calhoun….” There’s all kinds of critters in Ma Vincent’s fritters”.….and the movie trailer…

Dr. Jellyfinger August 26, 2023 - 9:29 PM - 9:29 PM

If I could remember all of it, good and bad… well that would be a draw.
But if I could remember all those things I’d never have wasted probably 6 months of my life wandering around looking for my car keys, cell phone, sunglasses, etc. so that’s the tie breaker for me.
Let me remember all of it.

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