I am not sure that anyone can ever look back with a clear eye, and I am certain that a writer, whose editing apparatus is permanently set to On, cannot do it. The combined filters of recollection and writing always produce fiction. That is my theory.
I wrote the I Am Woman posts (below) as a way of giving context to my Twitter character Your Aunt Lola, who doles out maxims and advice mostly directed at a younger me, but I find now that the Younger Me elements of these stories seem as fictional as she is. Even if, on occasion, the events described run perilously parallel with fact.