Forget

It's been almost a whole year now; short about a week and a half if I recall, and I still think about you every day. I can't forget, no matter how hard I try.

They say I should move on, that I never needed you like I thought I did and I'm better off without you, and I agree.

But at this point, I'm pretty sure I'll never stop thinking about you, checking out what you're up to, wishing I had the courage to ask to be let back in.

I've decided to forget you. No matter how hard it might be to do just that. You no longer exist to me and we never met nor hung out.

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This is surprisingly hard to do, but if you can pull it off I commend you.

View Thinker #ff0066's profile

There are a few people I would like to forget in this way. Good luck.

View Thinker #0080ff's profile

I've been trying to do this for over a year...

View Thinker #277dd3's profile

I have a pretty decent method of forgetting people when I really want to. Well I guess it's not a method so much as an act. It's a lot like how Superman flies.

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Sometimes I stop knowing people and things. The easiest word to describe it is "forget", but I don't really forget them. I just spontaneously and temporarily cease to know them in the context of my experiences and they stop being familiar.

The first time that I remember this happening I was five years old, watching dust motes spiral in slanted beams of morning light. I was aware of having seen dust like this before. I knew that the sparkle was a trick that the dawn sun played on the dust specks. But as I lie still in my basement bedroom, they stopped being familiar and I rediscovered them over and over, explaining the phenomenon to myself and watching them twirl in front of me.

This has happened many times since then, usually with trees and people. Rediscovering people is always the most exciting. Sometimes I'll feel suddenly and entirely detached from the people to whom I'm closest, and I take the opportunity to read their writings, look at photos and videos, and recall their interactions with me from a third-person view. I invariably fall in love again with a new appreciation of the person, not just as a part of me and my life, but as a fantastic individual that will grow and develop with or without me. Also invariably, it gives me a sense of urgency to develop myself so that I don't get left behind.

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I know how you feel. I do this too. It is really exciting to rediscover people. After you finish examining them in third person you come back to reality and see the person in a whole new light. I really like the sensation except for when I am in the third person. It makes me feel like I don't belong within my group of friends, but the rediscovery is worth it. I also noticed that I do this with experiences. I'll forget about something that made me really happy and then a few days later I'll "remember" it and it will make me really happy all over again.

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