When we’re little, our brains are like little sponges. We constantly observe and take mental notes. We’re sucking in new concepts constantly. Somewhere along the line, when our lives are consumed with responsibility, the sponge stops soaking in new information, at least at the rate of a 4-year-old. I mean, I’m learning WordPress, but after three years I’m still such a novice — but the 4-year-old me would be whipping up custom CSS better than the 40-something me.
Not long after I started my morning Spanish lessons, first on Rosetta Stone and now on Fluenz, I realized I forgot how to pay attention and mentally file away new data. My brain can take in minor bits of instruction, or remember short-term things like the number of my hotel room in a given week, but it kind of stopped accepting the kind of baseline data that we gather when just about everything around us is new.
I think I’m finally starting to improve, though. My brain is flexing formerly atrophied muscles as I try to use Spanish more around the house. ¿Cuántos huevos para el desayuno? I figure this has to be good for brain health, too. Could it be possible that my move to Mérida will help prevent Alzheimer’s?