Memoryby Len Horridge
- Can I really improve my memory?
- Am I too old?
- Why do I forget?
1. Can I really improve my memory?
An unqualified YES to this. We all have amazing memories and the trick is knowing how to get them performing to their optimum. Of course, we can’t remember every single thing and few of us have a genuine ‘photographic’ memory, but most of us have much more capable memories than we think or believe. The key is knowing how to improve them.
2. Am I too old?
No: and this answer applies to everyone of every age. Often, the excuse people give is ‘It’s my age’, but it isn’t; in most cases, we keep our faculties until old age, as long as we train those faculties each day. But don’t we lose brain cells as we get older? Well, even if we lost 10,000 brain cells a day from birth, the total number lost by the time we are 80 would be less than three per cent. Surprised? Most people are, but this is fact. We use age as an excuse for certain disabilities which are unfounded by the truth.
3. Why do I forget?
There are lots of possible reasons, but it is better to turn this around. Why do I remember? Certain events are etched into our minds: September 11th, the birth of a child, sporting events and the like. Why? Because these are memorable and different to everyday events. We forget other things because they are simply NOT worth remembering or because they are routine. But we recall things (such as pin numbers) through regular use. By making things memorable, and with regular practise, we can remember more.