Day 1. Your First Memory

Μνημοσύνη- Mnemosyne the goddess of remembrance and memory.

What is memory and when does it begin?

I had a discussion with my parents last weekend about which memories we clearly remember as our own and which ones are the telling of others. We concluded that recalling our first memory was a much more interesting exploration of self.

After looking back at various random events in our lives, all of us recalled or brought to light our first conscious awareness of our surroundings; what was happening and who we might have been with.

Each one of us almost felt that somehow, in that moment our brain just woke up and started recording our history, like the light was turned on in our consciousness and we began to form memories, personalities and a self. For all of us it also was nothing dramatic or traumatic ( for others maybe) just a moment in time that stuck to our memory bank.

For me the biggest question of our discussion was:

Why is it that we can’t recall anything before our third or forth year of existence?

I’m sure there are plenty of amazing neuroscientists around the world who know the scientific answer to that question.

For those who are curious, pass the question along. And while we’re here;

Do you recall your first memory?

Eleana Kouneli

A former dancer, current yoga teacher, writer, curious traveler and wild soul. My fuel and desire is to learn from others and spread healing and joy as I go. Follow my adventures and see where they lead you! All the stories are true, all the poems are real and all the writing is mine. Enjoy

2 comments

  • My earliest memory is one I have never forgotten. I’m not sure exactly my age but when I first remembered this, I asked my Mother about it and she said “around two”.

    I’m in the bathtub at the first place I lived in the Bronx, on Perry Ave…I even remember the address, we lived there till I was 6. My Mother has finished washing me and I asked if I could “kick”? She pulled closed the shower curtain and I did! I used to do that after every bath.

    The interesting fact is that I became a competitive swimmer and my kick was always my strength. Early training 🤓

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    • Awe Baths were awesome! I could use some tips on the swimming kick! I’m slow in that department. Love how simple our earliest memories are.

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