I spent many hours in this pub in the 70’s and 80’s but I have few memories of those evenings. Perhaps it is the alcohol, they say it affects memory. It is supposed to mimic those brain chemicals that help control memory.
My short term memory gets worse, I can’t read a phone number from one piece of paper and write it on another. My photographs are my memories now. Strangely enough, I rarely forget photographs. I look at a photograph and even if it has been cropped I know it is one I’ve taken. If one is used by the newspaper, I know it instantly as soon as I see it.
Bad memories and good memories
It seems that our good memories and bad memories are stored in our brains differently. It seems that dopamine which is produced when we are happy will also make us remember good events in our lives rather than bad ones. When we are happy we remember good things and when we are depressed we tend to remember the bad things, which makes us even more depressed.
Random memories come into my mind. This morning, I remembered picking a student up from the railway station. I had been there before so I knew where it was. I parked on the car park expecting her to arrive any minute and she didn’t arrive. Then she phoned me and said she had arrived. It was freezing and I was watching the station platforms from my nice warm car. I got out and went to look for her and she was on the other side of the station. She seemed small compared to me and I remember the determination she showed dragging her quite heavy suitcase up and down ramps to the car park. Just as we got to the car it started to snow. Then I took a wrong turning as we left the station and we took the long way around driving to my home. She stayed with me for two weeks before returning to China with a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Wolverhampton. It was an interesting two weeks.
I think I’ll share a few of my photographic memories to end today’s post. If you would like to follow this blog, just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for updates. You can find more pictures on my Facebook page.