While out taking a drive and sipping coffee this weekend my thoughts drifted to a writing-related topic I pursue now and again: Should I maintain a list of memorable-memories of my life?
Just to be clear, I’m not speaking about self-debate whether to begin writing a memoir. I’m simply speaking of a list of one-sentence bullet points that describe a particular memory, maybe grouped or tagged in some fashion.
As I rounded a soft-bend in the road past a golf course and two horse paddocks, I realized just how amazing the human brain really is when you compare it to modern internet-based search engines. The lookups are fast, accurate, and extremely detailed, but any form of verbal or written output is painfully slow in comparison.
To me, the value in maintaining a list of memorable-memories is simply to generate content for writing exercises. Each one of us has hundreds of stories worth telling from the thousands of memories we hold inside. These memories shape who we are, who we were, and who we’re going to be.
I’m interested to know your thoughts on the topic. Have you tried this approach? Has it worked? Have you stuck with it, or has it fallen by the wayside?