The name of the article kind of gives away the plot, but it’s still a fun read and it mirrors my experience. Here’s an excerpt:
“Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,” says (Dr. Thomas) Gilovich. “You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
I worked in the Alzheimer’s ward of a nursing home, and even when memories faded there was a certain core being that persisted, and that core being was shaped by the experiences that person went through.
What they had owned no longer mattered. It was what they did that left an imprint.