This is very horrible. My memories of what I have experienced play such a HUGE role in who I am today, and how I think and behave. I would hate to lose that. But, I am marrying an amazing man this year and I don't want to never remember what our life is like together from now on. So, I'd have to lose my old ones.
Gah. I'm so indecisive. I'm kind of a pack-rat, so my first thought was I'd protect my current memories at all costs (I could be like H.M.!). But then I realized that I tend to obsessively dwell on the bad memories, so perhaps it would be good to have a fresh start.
This was a very difficult question for me to answer. I lost many of my memories due to brain damage in a car accident a few years ago. It is pretty heartwrenching to listen to my daughter or husband talk about some of our good, meaningful times in the past and not be able to remember the feelings or events. I lost some of my bad memories as well, but this made me more vulnerable to repeat the mistakes and have to relearn a lesson already learned. One of the hardest things is to try to explain to someone that you have no memory of what they are talking about. They will treat you differently after that, almost like a child that does not understand...
I have raised my daughter, have a wonderful granddaughter and have pretty much come to terms with my relationship. I would rather not be able to make new memories, but have all my old ones back. They made me who I am today. When you lose some of your old memories, you also lose a part of who you are today. You get stuck in limbo--wondering who the hell you are and why you had to change.
Eh, just take them! Sounds like a fresh start. I read an article in Time or National Geographic about a man with a brain injury who couldn't make new memories past a day in 1960. I don't remember the whole article but I remember that on his own he couldn't remember if he ate breakfast once he got up, so he ate it again and again. It was actually terribly sad. Ever since having a brain injury that was fairly mild all things considered, I think that losing my mental capacity but more importantly losing who I am as a person is my biggest fear.
I posted that I'd rather not be able to make new memories. I think if you lose your memories, it's almost as if you have lost who you fundamentally are. Sure I have stuff I'd like to not remember, like anyone, but there's so much that's happened that means so much to me.
I can't imagine what it would be like to not remember childhood or my wedding day or time spent and memories created with loved ones that are no longer with me. I can't imagine not remembering taking long walks with my grandfather as a kid or holding my mom's hand for the last time. Countless camping trips and sleepovers and heartbreaks and revelations as I've grown. If I lose all of that, what is left? Who am I?
My childhood wasn't all that bad, but I'm still young, so I have to go with lose all my old memories. I'd Rather start all over instead if being stuck in the past. Tough one! Something to think about, great question!
I'd rather not be able to make any new ones. Sure, there are things that happened in my past that weren't so great, but I'd rather not forget them. I learnt so much from everything I've done. If all that was erased, I'd be back at the beginning, making the same mistakes again and again.