How would you feel if one day you woke up and could not remember who you were or who you loved? Well, that is the case with Paige and Leo, two main characters from "The Vow." After a tragic accident, Paige, wife of Leo, cannot remember who Leo is and her past memories of her most recent self. Art, which was once her passion, now seems to be a mysterious hobby. Furthermore, her relationship with Leo becomes torn as she gravitates towards the life she knows...the one with her upper-class family and old boyfriend. The permanent damage done to Paige's hippocampus leads Paige to gradually wander off from Leo. Fortunately, when the life between Leo and Paige break off for good, Paige starts to remember little snips of her past life. This, in turn, leads her to make the same actions (dropping out of law school, etc.) and reunite with Leo in the same coffee shop where they had first met. Ultimately (Warning: Spoiler!!!), Leo and Paige get back together again. At the end of the movie, it is revealed that the movie is based on a real life couple where the woman never gains her long term memory back. However, she does continue to live a happy life with her husband and kids.
Personally, I could not imagine being in Paige or Leo's situation. One cannot remember who they were and the other cannot be remembered at all. Although, I would feel that Paige's situation would be much more severe as she cannot recall any of those priceless memories made in the recent/non-recent past. Moreover, it would be quite frustrating to not know or understand who you are and who the most important people are in your life. Comparing long and short term memory, I believe your long term memory is more important. I mean, what would you do if you couldn't remember your place and life in this world and those most important to you? You'd feel frustrated, overwhelmed, scared, and a host of other emotions caused by your inability to remember. If I had to choose between Leo and Paige's situation, I would choose Leo's because it would be more than frustrating not being able to have those precious memories and not knowing who you are. Although there is heartache in Leo's situation, it's not nearly as severe as Paige's. So, if you were to choose between Paige or Leo's situation, whose situation would you choose? And if you were in their situation, how would you (supposedly) feel and handle it? Lastly, do you feel your short term or your long term memory plays a more significant part in your life today?