Monday, July 11, 2011

What If... You Forgot Who You Were?

Whether you're a kayaking instructor, a famous chef, a creature of the night, or something else altogether, your memories are as critical as your genes in making you the person – or entity – that you are today. Consequently, it would be awful if you were suddenly struck with amnesia – and couldn't remember any of the experiences, people, and beasts that have helped to shape you.

So, authors and characters, I ask you:

What if you suffered a sudden case of amnesia? Would you try to figure out who you were, or would you use the opportunity to refashion your life?

20 comments:

Aidan said...

Marenya had amnesia for a little while. But I kept at her until she remembered who she was.

Olivia Harper said...

Good for you, Aidan. :-)

Guess it helps to have someone around who remembers who you are.

Abigail said...

I had something like amnesia briefly, but it was more from severe illness than anything else...

Devi Marconi said...

That sounds unpleasant, Abigail. I'm sorry that you were so sick. Of course, I can't help but wonder... how did you get your memory back? Did it simply return after the illness went away?

Abigail said...

Once the dizziness went away, it might have returned on its own, but someone came and helped me

Marenya said...

I didn't have amnesia. I was under a spell.

One we still haven't fully reversed. I must speak to the king about that. We have to undo Ginger's too.

Though I suppose it's a bit late for that now.

Ginger said...

I wish I had amnesia. Then I could forget the past and start fresh.

Aidan said...

But you did forget who you were for a little bit.

And you forgot me.

Marenya said...

I know I did, Aidan. But it wasn't for long.

And I killed him.

Ginger said...

If I did have amnesia, I would definitely want to know who I was. I wouldn't be able to stop until I found out.

I mean, you can't know if you want a fresh start unless you know what you're starting over from, right?

Ginger said...

Since I'm here, why don't I just whip up some quiches for us? I'm starved and I haven't had a chance to cook in over a week.

I wonder how the business is doing since I've been gone? Wait, I have a signal here. I'll call Mom.

Aidan said...

I'll eat anything you fix, Gingersnap.

Olivia Harper said...

I second what Aidan said - you sure can cook, Ginger!

Devi Marconi said...

Like Olivia, I'm always willing to taste your cooking, Ginger. And I have to agree with your assessment about amnesia. As hard as it sometimes is to remember the bad times, we are, at least in part, the sum of our memories and experiences - the good and the not-so-good - so it would be hard for me to move forward without knowing where I'd already been.

After all, even with such knowledge, it's never to late for a fresh start. I should know.

Jil said...

I would definitely want to find out my past and if it was good I'd return to it, but if not I'd tell no one I knew and invent a new life. Change my appearance etc. then probably go back now and again to see how my old family was doing without me.

Devi Marconi said...

That, Jil, is in essence what I did... after all, only Olivia and my ex-husband know where I really am - and that I'm even alive.

It's a very liberating thing - choosing a new life but keeping tabs on the old.

Ginger said...

Oh, okay. Sure i'll be glad to fix something. Coming right up!

Olivia Harper said...

And, of course, I'd be happy to lend a hand. *grin*

Saxen said...

I certainly wished I had amnesia when I was in prison sometimes.

But in a sense, I am starting a new life since getting out.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Good for you, Saxen. I'm glad to hear it. A fresh start is often a wonderful thing indeed - even without the benefit of amnesia.