May 11

The Woman Who Cannot Forget

Jill Price remembers every detail in her life as if she had a hard drive in her brain that can access every memory at speeds even the fastest computer can’t match. Scientists are amazed at this ability and continuous to study her in hopes that it can lead to a better understanding on how the brain works.

In her first public interview with Diane Sawyer, the 42-year old woman explained that it was like walking around with a video recorder on her shoulders. She describes it as walking around with her life right next to her. You can throw a date at her and the memory flashes right in her brain, showing her the footage exactly as it happened on that day.

For most of us normal folks, our memory continues to fade as we age until it becomes like water that we try hard to keep in our hands. If you had this ability, would you consider it a blessing or a curse? An ability like this would have made me a genius in college. But I admit that there are more events in my life that I prefer blurred and tucked away in the inner recesses of my subconscious. It’s the only way that people recover from a broken heart. I would’ve been incapable of healing if I can access every heartache or hear words spoken to me that broke me as if they were uttered just minutes ago. Most likely, I wouldn’t be able to sleep a wink at night.

If you had seen the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” you would know what I mean. Most people recover from pain or stress by instinctively forgetting or denying the event that caused it. As a matter of fact, I believe it’s a natural defense or immunity that the body possesses – it’s a process that allows most of us to survive and continue with our lives. In other words, I don’t think that Jill’s ability is a talent. It is a deficiency. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I believe she is handicapped. Her position is very difficult. But I admire her steadfast strength. Women’s emotional make-up requires a memory loss mechanism to help her cope. Only a woman with unusual strength can handle such an ability.

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