I have the worlds worst memory.
That’s not an actual scientific fact and I probably won’t make it into the Guinness Book of Records for it, but I do have a truly terrible memory.
This causes me to write anything and everything down, I take photos of things I want to remember, scrawl down lyrics in the pages of my textbooks, write plots of stories in my journal, I use the notes in my phone to write down the names of people I meet, places I want to go and other random things I need to remember. I have a note dated from the 23/4/15 written at 1:53am that just says ‘Pancakes’. And I have a screen shot from buying/selling app Carousel where someone was selling a wedding band and engagement ring in which the condition was ‘used’.
I think that journaling or at the very least recording your thoughts is incredibly important. I am not one to recount what happened in my day on paper, not one to keep a ‘diary’ in the traditional sense. I mostly write down lines of poems I want to write, or things people say, my favourite of this month was my friend Liam drunk describing someone ‘looking like a fucking nautic god man.”
The thing about writing stuff down is it provides a catalogue for your thoughts you’ll otherwise forget. Just like you write down study notes or record important dates on your calendar sometimes things people say on the street can be more profound than your philosophy lecturer. Do not underestimate the knowledge of everyday people or places, one of my favourites is a bar in Brisbane CBD called Brew, I can’t talk for the mens but the ladies bathroom has graffiti scrawled all through the stalls one of the lines was “out of all the lives I’ve lived, my favourite was you and I.” On this particular night my phone died so I couldn’t write it in my notes, nor take a photo of it, and I didn’t have a journal on me, so I ended up writing it on a bit of map paper torn from a city guide and later stuck it in my journal.
So don’t just take notice of what you’re conditioned to take notice of. There are things in life that are more important to remember and consider then your university degree or school subjects content. There are stories embedded in the most unlikely of places.