What I do seem to remember very well, though, is my creative stuff. I can remember characters, stories, and situations that I came up with when I was five or six years old. In fact, I still use elements from my early childhood creative efforts in my creative work today.
But, one of the reasons I rarely write auto-biographically is that my short-term memory is usually really bad. Also, my long-term memory is colored often with certain lenses that don't allow me to see certain memories very clearly. There are plenty of auto-biographical things I would like to share, but because of my lack of good memory, they would be closer to fiction than truth. Therefore, they would simply be creative writing and not what I'm actually aiming for. And, for whatever reason, I feel that I'm doing a disservice to truth by taking the artistic license that I would inevitably take.
I am constantly growing as a writer. Still, I've never been that comfortable with talking about myself. That is something I seem to be out-growing, fortunately. However, if I try to write something auto-biographical, it becomes merely a work of fiction with the names changed to protect the innocents and very much altered for the purpose of entertainment. I am not a historian. I learned that a long time ago. I love to exaggerate far too often, sometimes too often for my own good.
I also tend to ramble, and with that, I will close only with this: The imperfection of memory is probably both the best thing and worst thing about being human.
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