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June 30, 2023
Navigating Memories in the Internet Age
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The Memory Tightrope in the Digital Age

Losing the people we love is a cold hard truth that messes with my sleep.* Man, emotions are intense, and just the idea of losing someone can feel like too much. When someone close to us is gone, it's like an emotional tornado. We're so darn sad, and that sadness touches everything we do. How to deal with all that heartache? That’s the million-dollar question.

The Days Before the Internet

Now, let's rewind a bit, before the internet took over our lives. It seemed like handling loss was kinda simpler. When someone you loved was gone, be it a person or a furry buddy, they slowly slipped out of your everyday life. You didn't see their stuff everywhere, and the memories became hazy. There's something kind about forgetting.

The Blessing of Forgetting

Forgetting isn’t some enemy. It’s like your brain giving you a hug and saying it’s going to be alright. Imagine if you couldn't forget anything and every single second of your time with your lost loved ones was on loop in your head. Ouch. Forgetting some bits lets us make peace and live without drowning in sorrow.

The Internet's Endless Memory

Okay, let's get real. I was clicking through my Google Photos, looking at chats with my folks, and it hit me – how am I gonna keep it together when they're not around? There's so much stuff online that's just never gonna go away. What then?

Then there was this YouTuber. A seriously cool dude who lost his fight with cancer last year. His videos were a blast, and when he passed away, I was bummed out. His videos still pop up, and it's like, why? It feels like the internet’s poking at the bruise. And it’s not just him. The digital world is chock-full of memories, and it can feel super heavy.

We're Not Alone

I can’t be the only one, right? So many people are dealing with the same stuff, especially the younger crowd who practically live online. How’s humanity gonna handle this digital memory overload? Are we just gonna be sad all the time because the internet won’t let us forget?

## Walking the Tightrope

It’s like walking a tightrope. On one side, there’s this vault of memories that’s part of who we are. On the other side, there’s the here and now that’s begging us to dive in. Figuring out how not to fall off? That's the big puzzle.

Finding the Balance

Maybe we can find a way to balance it out. Hold on to the precious moments, but not let them chain us down. It's about remembering, but also about living. And maybe, just maybe, finding a way to be cool with both.