Mark Twain wrote: “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.”
That is the quote we often read – but there is a second part: “But my faculties are decaying now, and soon I shall be so that I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it.”
Well, I’m not in his state yet – and neither are you.
Our brains have been on ‘record’ all our lives.
Yes, we CAN remember anything.
Sure we can.
It’s all stored in one place – a lifetime of recollections, all between our ears.
Not always that ‘thing’ we want to remember in that moment when our recollection-fact-search fails us, but everything is stored in there. Every moment of our life – recorded. Every joy, every pain, every triumph, every stupid misadventure, saved for recall when we least expect it and we are often at a loss of how to recall it. We can’t recall every moment of age four. Yet it is all recorded. We can’t recall all of yesterday, but it was recorded too. It seems we can extract what we need when we need it.