Although it’s something we rarely give much thought to, the ability to form memories is actually pretty amazing. I mean, they’re like images and scenes from the past that have somehow been stored in our brains.
Some of our memories have sentimental value, some of them are pretty mundane and some can be overwhelmingly painful. And because we’ve all made vastly different experiences, our memories vary greatly. However, what connects us, as humans, is that while we retain some memories, most of them are seemingly lost forever.

But this certainly isn’t the case for everyone on the planet – in fact, there are some people who vividly remember every single day since the very beginning of their lives. It has been estimated that there only about 80 such people in the world, and this phenomenon stems from an incredibly rare condition called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). As you may have guessed, the condition prevents people from forgetting everything, and I mean everything.
Twenty-eight-year-old Rebecca Sharrock from Brisbane, Australia, is one of these 80 people, and, as a result, she is able to recall every single part of her life in great detail, starting from when she was only 12 days old.

Yes, as unbelievable as it sounds, Sharrock’s first memory stems from being photographed in the driver’s seat of her parents’ car a mere 12 days after her birth. It’s pretty amazing because it gives us an insight into what goes through the mind of a newborn baby. We’ve all wondered what exactly we were thinking as babies, but most of us will never know. Rebecca Sharrock, however, does know what babies think about in their day-to-day lives, purely because of her exceptional memory.
(Learn more about this extraordinary story from the woman herself in the video below.)

“My parents carried me to the driver’s seat of the car (my father’s idea) and placed me down upon it for a photo,” Sharrock recalled in a blog about her very first memory as a 12-day-old baby.