These past couple of weeks I’ve noticed that I keep forgetting words when I’m trying to have a conversation. I’m not talking about ‘big’ fancy words, just normal, everyday words. It sucks, because it makes me look like an idiot.
Never Google symptoms
The whole ‘forgetting words’-thing made me worry that there may be something seriously wrong with me. Both my grandmothers had Alzheimer’s so it’s something that I fear happening to me. Although, it got them in their late seventies so I’m still a way off.
So, I Googled my symptom and it immediately pointed to memory loss. Devastation! I thought, “No, I’m too young!
Then I googled another combination of words, and I got a different result. Geez, if only everything in life was so easy.
So apparently, this is phenomenon that is quite common, especially now that the pandemic is mostly over and a lot of us are returning to a semi-normal social life.
The anxiety over COVID took a mental toll, and we weren’t as social as we were used to being. Also, I am at home most of the time and we don’t have friends here yet, so there’s not a lot of social interaction going on. Hence, all of the above has led to my lexical muscles getting weak.
For the most part, I’m already speaking in my second language most of the time, so I already have that hurdle. Then I forget simple words, and it can be frustrating. I usually have to rephrase the whole sentence to work around the word that I forgot. But later, at some inconvenient time (like before I doze off to sleep), I suddenly remember the words that I forgot that day. Isn’t that fun?
My take away from this post is that I need to make friends and be more social, but it’s easier said than done.
Have you ever found yourself forgetting common words? Tell me about it in the comments.
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