In the book, everyone gets a "memory" on their seventeenth birthday which will show them a certain moment of their life in the future. Who will you marry? What's your profession? Do you have kids? Generally speaking, will it be a good life or not? Any question can be covered (if you let it happen) and will decide about your future. Are you going to be a brilliant actor? Then you probably should start applying at an Academy. Will you be a cook but don't even know how to boil an egg? You better find out soon! You'll become a famous singer but only ever sung in your shower? Maybe you're not as bad as you thought. What I'm saying is that ... this memory is supposed to help you find guidance. The years up to your 17th birthday "won't matter". It's the life you build yourself after you received your glimpse in the future that matters.
Calla, the main protagonist in Forget Tomorrow, received a horrible vision. She's going to kill her younger sister. Why? That's the question she's been asking herself ever since they arrested her. The memories are "stored" in an Institue and can be viewed with a little black chip that'll be implemented in your skin. If your vision is bad - like Calla's, for example - the government is going to arrest you because you'll commit a crime in the future. If not you can live your life and work towards your vision.
I found that a very intriguing concept. I guess it's safe to say that we've all been at this point already - as sad as it may sound. Which job do I want to do? Should I study at an university? Which school will I attend? Even simpler questions, such as what I'm going to wear the next day can be super frustrating and a little help is always appreciated. In my case, at least. I was thinking about how life would be if everyone of us would get such a memory/vision of ourselves ...
Well, the first question that popped into my mind was: "Would we even want that?" Life is full of surprises - good and bad ones - and if you know what's going to happen, won't it be ... boring? Especially if you can't even change what'll become of you, I can imagine it to be really frustrating. Let's say you want to become a writer and you absolutely love to write your own stories and are really good at it but, as your memory showed you, you'll eventually end up as a (famous) cook or something like that. It wouldn't be that bad either but what about your passion? About what you REALLY want to do with your life? You can't fight Fate (or can you? does Fate even exist?), so the most common decision would be to drop that passion and instead concentrate on what life will be like in the future, I guess? Of course you can still write and send out your books to publishers but knowing that you'll never make it to the top or to simply publish a book kind of ruins the fun, right? I would probably lose my motivation. If I know I'll never gonna make it, why even bother? That sounds so depressing, but I would definitely try!
It wouldn't affect us either way - of course I don't know how old everyone reading this is but I'm just assuming you're between 18-24 (please correct me if I'm completely wrong, haha). We'd be the "before-people" that didn't get any memories and therefore we're affected differently. Calla's mom also didn't receive her vision and therefore was downgraded to another job. Why would a boss take a risk when there are applicants promising to be a better cook/teacher/whatever with their memory chips? You can hardly say anthing against that.
But let's pretend for a moment that our future self is going to send us a memory. What would you want to see? Would you even want to get one?
I'm honestly not so sure about it. On the one hand, I would love to know something about the future-me, but on the other ... what if it's bad? Living in the here and now is a good thing, right? Sure, you have to think ahead a bit but you make assumptions. You can still change things if you're unhappy. You can be whatever you want. With that memory you might miss a few chances because you wouldn't go down a certain path if you already know the end result.
I'd love to know YOUR thoughts on this! What would your ideal future memory be like? Would you want to receive one?