Looking back on my childhood, it is hard to believe that the things I remember, may not be actual memories. Though it is hard to decipher what memories are real, to which ones are made up, I believe that I have false memories from my childhood. Going to the park with my Mom, my 6th birthday, playing dolls with my sister; these all seem like tangible memories, but I cannot say for sure that I remember the actual event.
When I was just 5 I was dancing around the house when I hit my head on the side of a glass coffee table. My mother was frantic. I had to go to the hospital and get stitches. I remember that day so vividly. I remember dancing around, the drive to the hospital, and even looking at my stitches after they had been implanted. But then again, the story has been told to me so many times that I may just be imagining a memory that never actually occurred.
I also remember (or believe I remember) just simple day to day activities I used to do when I was younger. Things such as hanging out with my sister and hanging out with the kids in my neighborhood. Though I think I remember this, it’s hard to believe that I would remember something so minuscule when I cannot remember what I had for breakfast the other day.
Memories are a very misunderstood topic. Because we cannot physically go into the brain and pull memories out, I guess we will never know if what we remember is truth or just a story. Also, the memories we made may or may not still be remembered. The flashbulb effect also deals with memories and how we remember them. We will never know if we have forgotten something, because it may come back to us at a different time and place.
For example, one flashbulb memory I have is my first day as a college student. I still remember exactly what I was wearing, what my classes were and where they were located. I remember how nervous I was about the huge lecture halls and how excited I was for my philosophy class. As a flashbulb memory, I will never forget my first day of college, it is one of the most vivid memories I have.