We know how precious memories can be, especially in the fast-paced world we live, increasingly reliant on technology. Whilst technology allows us to capture and store our memories faster and easier than ever before, in almost every corner of the world, there are some that stay with us regardless of whether we look at them daily on our smartphone or in a photo album.
This is why we’ve put together the top 5 most common memories with staying power. In a lifetime, everyone will have core memories that become defining moments holding significance in our lives, from our first memory through to the first grandchild being born.
Your First Memory
Scientists can’t precisely pinpoint when a child’s brain begins to form and retain memories and the ages and types of people’s first memories vary widely. Some people have dream-like memories from a very young age, remembering wistful details and smells, whilst others are more factual and day to day. Whether you remember your first Christmas, your first day at nursery or playing with a specific toy, these memories will always be with you.
The First Day
For many people, some of the most common memories relate to significant changes in their lives, like their first day at a new school. During these periods your brain is full of heightened emotions from excitement and anticipation to anxiety and nerves, which can have a big impact on your memory. Thus you will remember these times for many years to come, regardless of whether it was a positive or negative experience.
Having a Child
Nothing sticks in people’s minds like the birth of a child. The sheer wonder and amazement of bringing a new life into the world makes people take a step back and take stock of things. For those who witness children being brought into the world, whether it’s their first-born child, niece, nephew or grandchild, it’s definitely a moment that will be prominent in your memory for a long time.
Your first kiss is a big deal, particularly if it’s your first ever kiss growing up. It doesn’t matter if it’s a stolen kiss on the playground aged 10 or the first kiss with your soulmate in your twenties, these moments will no doubt be held dear for years to come.
A big milestone in a lot of people’s lives is becoming independent and buying a house. Tipped as one of the most stressful, yet rewarding things you can do, it’s no wonder that many people cite this as a lasting memory.
Of course, memories can stay in our mind forever, but having photos of these special events on our smartphones is a great way to look back on these special times, and as these memories are so dear to our hearts, we should certainly look for ways to make sure they’re never lost.
Do you agree? What memories have stuck with you without the help of your smart phone?