I am date challenged. I am not one of those people who remember dates easily. My siblings don’t have the same issue so I know it’s not hereditary.
When I contemplate this lack of mental acuity, the lack is not associated with the importance of an event. My children’s birthdates as well as historical events do not escape my affliction. The actual year of an occurrence presents the greatest problem.
??? 1950? 1963? 1976? 1988? 2002? 2012 ???
It is as if time ceases to exist.
I have no mental constructs in which to measure times progress. I have tried making linear timelines to assist me. In fact I have a file on my desktop with My Life timeline so that I can place events in chronological order. My resume used to confuses people until I learned to create a story line literally to show my progression of experiences over time.
Creating story lines makes more sense to me than nominal numbers – any numeral used for identification.
“… The only meaningful operation with nominal numbers is to compare two nominal numbers to see whether they are identical or not.” Wikipedia
Dates are nominal numbers. Out of context, without a story, they are meaningless and difficult to recall.
For example, I know I am growing older but I can not always tell you my age at any specific time without comparing my birth year with the current year and calculating the difference.
Even as I focus on this Blog about life after 60, I only have awareness of my current environment and emotions. When I read a blog from someone younger than 60, I am instantly transported into their space/time. It is delightful to experience their stories as an ageless participant.
Releasing linearity and embracing the chaos of timelessness allows life to feel immortal.
Create your own personal story line out of timelessness.
“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness; and knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”~ Kahlil Gibran