I was at a local dance this last weekend, and I met an interesting girl. We ended up going to watch a movie with some other friends of mine. It turned out well, and after the movie, we walked around town for a while, just talking. I didn’t hardly even notice myself doing it, but as I listened to her, I was encoding things I was learning about her into visual images and memorizing them. Just simple things, like how she loves daisies, used to play soccer(left wing half-back, and a little goalie), is starting to learn the guitar, and that she loves Italy and wants to travel there. She gave me her phone number when I took her home, and I memorized that as well, but I’m not going to post it for you 😛
It’s just nice. A year ago, I would have a hard enough time remembering a girl’s name, had I just met her, let alone the entire conversation we had and her phone number. It helps me to feel more sincerely interested in someone when everything they say doesn’t just pass through one ear and out the other. It’s great that I can memorize entire books if I so desire, but even more important to me is the improvement in quality of life by not having to stress over the simple things.