Our memories define us. They make our lives recognizably different from that of everyone else. Memories give our lives meaning. By storing and processing every experience we’ve ever had they give us a reference point to compare every new encounter to. Memory allows us to learn and not just about the procedure of doing things or for the successful completion of an examination, but it allows us to learn about ourselves. Memory keeps track of the story of our lives. After all, that is why we are terrified of getting Alzheimer’s disease or why we panic when we begin to notice small lapses in memory. It is the idea that we will lose ourselves, forget who we are, and what we’ve meant to our communities, that frightens us.