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Sun Nov 20th, 2016

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04:04 pm - Lost and losing
Hmm. Didn't know that this was a thing and not specific to me.

"As she recuperated, Freud wrote an essay called "On Losing and On Being Lost." She wrote that she kept losing objects -- glasses, house keys, articles of clothing, and she started to reflect on mourning. ... She wrote that in her illness, she began to realize that she was losing things in the same way that her children had done -- as a sign of displaced mourning."

Though I always figured that I misplaced things *precisely because* I would, and could, find them again. Not gone for good, you know, unlike the person one mourns.

Otherwise I continue to read my Tang dynasty poets to remind me to be grateful I don't live in the Tang dynasty, but that many people still do.

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Date:November 21st, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hmmm yeah I'm perpetually losing things too but I don't think I'm in mourning, just sheer forgetfulness. Methinks.
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Date:November 22nd, 2016 02:18 am (UTC)
Well, I was thinking more of the grief-related misplacing rather than any other kind of fuzz. It's definitely different, in that even at the time, some part of you half-knows you're doing it on purpose in order to find the whatever-it-is again. The fuzz kind is just annoying and frustrating, and as one gets older, frightening- 'oh no, is *this* Alzheimer's?'

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