I was thinking the other morning on my walk to work about memories. I hear people talk a lot about childhood memories, in great detail. Even people with severe brain damage seem to recall their childhood with greater clarity than I do. I don't remember much of my childhood at all... I don't remember any of the kids that I went to elementary school with, or to middle school, or to high school. I don't even have a lot of memories focused around the home. Most of what I would have called memories are actually shared stories among the siblings, rather than actual memories, or memories of photographs I've seen of my childhood. I remember some of the dreams I had when I was a child, but I don't know if I actually remember them or if I remember having told someone about them.
Someone claimed to me once that when things matter to you, you're more likely to successfully store memories about those things. Arranging it so that very little mattered to me was vital when I was a kid, but am I less without those memories, or am I better off?