Memories according to the Webster’s dictionary is defined as the store of things learned and retained from an organism’s activity or experience as evidenced by modification of structure or behavior or by recall and recognition. Memories in my opinion are pretty accurate for the most part. Some memories that involve trauma might not be accurate, because of what a person might have went through and the mind’s way of dealing with trauma is to sometimes distort a person’s view and perception of some memories.
Memories are definitely blowned by time and colored by the present. This is because as time passes in some instances memories fade. For example as you become older, you tend to forget some of things that happen to you when you are young. That is not case with some people. There are documented cases of people who are old and their memories are as sharp as ever.
In some instances, memories can become distorted and confused over time. The present can often time cause such a phenomenon to take place. There is no way around the fact that people forget things and at times make things up to fill in the gaps in their memories. So in conclusion, memories are not all that accurate and as time passes memories fade, become distorted and at times confusing.
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009. Merriam-Webster Online. 30 April 2009 <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/memory>