We all remember few moments and days of our life that is special to us. But do you know there are only 80 people who can actually remember every day of their life? Yes! You read it correct, they can remember everyday right from the day they’re born.
We obviously don’t remember our first birthday and how are we supposed to, we were just 1. But meet this 27-year-old woman, Rebecca Sharrock, from Brisbane. She has got something called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). HSAM is a condition that stops people from being able to forget anything, and it’s thought that only around 60-80 people in the world have this condition.
So Rebecca Sharrock can recall every day of her life in detail, whether it be the dreams being photographed in a car when she was just 12 days old or a dream she had when she was eighteen months old!
In her blog, she wrote: “My parents carried me to the driver’s seat of the car (my father’s idea) and placed me down upon it for a photo”. It said “As a newborn child I was curious as to what the seat cover and steering wheel above me were. Though at that age I hadn’t yet developed the ability to want to get up and explore what such curious objects could be.”
Yes, we know it’s impressive but she can also recite the complete series of Harry Potter. Rebecca is writing her own book about her experiences, named “My Life is a Puzzle”, and it seems as if the like the book is going to be a memorable one.
She says that her earliest memory is when she was just 12 days old and her parents carried her to the driver’s seat of the car and placed her down upon it for a picture. She further said “As a newborn child I was curious as to what the seat cover and steering wheel above me were. Though at that age I hadn’t yet developed the ability to want to get up and explore what such curious objects could be.”
Rebecca Sharrock mentioned in her blog “When I was reading a newspaper in mid-2014, I came across an article that said that it was impossible for us to remember personal events which happened to us before we were four years old. After I’d finished reading the article I was thinking -what absolute nonsense”. She is writing her own book “My Life Is A Puzzle” which has memories of events up to when she was 4 years old and is a long chapter in the book.
She writes about her first birthday “At the very beginning of my life, I would spend a lot of time in my crib looking at surrounding toys and the stand-up fan next to me. On my first birthday, I had no idea what the day was about, all I knew was that mom was putting me in an itchy satin dress, and I was crying. Though I was told that this was my own special day and that lots of people were coming to see me. I still didn’t understand but stopped crying eventually. That day my parents also gave me a Minnie Mouse plush toy, whose face terrified me, though I could not word this. All I could do was cry and push it away whenever I saw it.”
There is still a lot we need to find out and discover how our memories and brain works. We know that the brain is the control center, and memories are what that makes up everything that we’ve learned whether consciously or subconsciously. There are many different kinds of memory that we all possess and those of us with HSAM can only recall autobiographical memories in vivid detail. Autobiographical memories are recollections of what people have personally experienced in their life.