Make sure you spend more time applying yourself to the task of improving your memory than telling yourself you cannot do it. Memory relies on repetition, so repeat the learning bit not the calamitous bit.
In a world where there's a competition for practically every single oddity, for some reason memory competitions (the one you might think to be the most relevant to the ordinary person) get no love. Why?
In the case of Holocaust survivors, in Europe and North America it was only in the late 1970s and 1980s that society slowly and sometimes hesitantly became willing to hear and increasingly receptive to their narratives of pain, loss, and rebuilding of their lives.
We ask a lot of our digital devices, and treat them like an extension of ourselves, so perhaps it is time to show them the same level of care. We may rely on our memories, but our memories also rely on us.
When I read my diary now, I'm amazed to see how regularly I have noted influential programmes. My memory fails me many details, but the diary provides specific examples of what I watched. I don't really want to go back in time. But I can re-view what I watched then. Rewind and remember.
I think if a child is loved and they know they are loved they will always be happy. It is a fundamental knowing that sustains you for the rest of your life - whatever happens. I wish and hope that every child could have that kind of foundation of love - the world would know peace.
Is that why they call it Memory Lane do you think? Because we make the past so narrow by filtering for it what suits us to remember? My drinking days were not all bad. Even in my worst of times. It's wrong of me to pretend otherwise.