I was in my hotel room recently, getting dressed for the meetings lined up for the day, when I stepped in front of the mirror to tie my necktie and suddenly realized that I’ve forgotten how to do it.
I tried for about 20 minutes, and then I gave up.
It was scary, man.
It was as if I’ve never known how to do it in the first place.
The tie was sitting on the back of my neck, the two sides resting on my chest and I didn’t know what to do with them.
I tried this way and that but I just couldn’t figure it out.
I was sweating like a pig by then, close to panic and my shirt was getting really wrinkled where the crooks of my elbows were.
I just realized I have absolutely forgotten how to tie a necktie.
It didn’t help when I started to recall reading once that such memory loss usually precedes a stroke.
Something somewhat similar happened to my dad once.
He was standing in line to use the ATM, PIN being recited in his head, when a passer-by asked him a question.
He answered her and after that, could not recall his PIN.
No matter how hard he tried, he just couldn’t recall his PIN.
He had to apply for a new one.
Luckily for me, at the end of that day, I was able to tie my necktie again.
BTW, my dad didn’t get a stroke, he’s still very much alive and kicking and he’ll turning 79 next month.