There is something powerful about memories. They can unlock emotions and depending on the perspective, they can be viewed as precious or harmful. There is a thin, grey area when it comes to remembering memories as good or bad. And memories are not necessarily all visual. Memories can be unleashed by sound or movement too. I have found that music can remind me of a lot of things, whether that be of a certain moment or a person. And muscle memory is quite useful for performing certain tasks at work.
Although as we get older, memories can be forgotten, or unclear as they once were in our minds, but not being able to remember certain memories can be used in a positive way because unfortunately not all memories are good. In my experience, memories can cause more harm and prevent growth and healing. Even though I am only in my early twenties, I can definitely say that my memory is lingering on by a thread. It might have to do with the fact that I can be forgetful, hence why I write down my thoughts so I won’t forget , or because I have learned over time to forget certain things on purpose because I have found remembering certain moments can cause more harm; as they say, forgive and forget. Sometimes it is better leaving certain things in the past. And the more we think about a certain moment, it is known that it can be altered and “rewritten” every time one goes back to that particular memory because that is how the brain works. So in a way, it can be a good thing to not always remember so that a memory can stay intact and unchanged. It is frustrating though, there are some things I would rather remember than the things I have engraved in my brain. But now with the technology we have, with social media and digital photographs, it can make it easier to remember those memories we have ceased to forget about. I think that is part of the reason why I love photography. It allows me to capture moments that can be forgotten over time. I hope to continue to capturing good memories, whether that be through photography or writing.