Write About Your Life!
Your stories are far more important than you realize! What will family members remember about you? What would you like for children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and beyond to know about family history and the significant turning points and highlights of your life? Unless your stories are preserved in some tangible form, those memories are forever lost. It is a tragedy for anyone to have been on this earth for decades and have their life story be reduced to a few factual statements hastily compiled in an obituary.
Consider events, experiences, individuals who influenced your life and values you would like to share with future generations. Do you recall family stories that you heard and would like to pass along? Don't take your stories to the grave! Don't allow your parents, grandparents, whomever your loved ones may be, to bury their memories and never really know about their experiences AND their feelings about those events. Certainly, they do not have to elaborate on every breath they have ever taken in life, but capture at least the highlights. One memory leads to another, and you will be amazed at the stories that will surface once the digging begins!
The very idea of tackling a memoir project of your own or for a loved one can seem horribly overwhelming. So here are some ideas on how to get started:
CATCH THE MEMOIR WRITING BUG!
Whether you are male, female, a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle or happy to be a loner, your stories are equally valuable. Get bitten by the memoir writing bug today, and make a commitment to do something to capture your stories.
Name__________________________________________Age _____ Date________
Location where you spent your childhood _________________________________
Location where you have lived the longest ________________________________
Favorite city and state where you have lived ________________________________
Favorite place that you have ever visited ___________________________________
Favorite song _____________________________________________________
Favorite book _____________________________________________________
Favorite movie _____________________________________________________
Favorite television show _______________________________________________
Favorite sport that you have ever played ____________________________________
Favorite sport that you have liked to watch __________________________________
Favorite activity from the past ___________________________________________
Favorite activity now __________________________________________________
Happiest moment from the past ____________________________________________________
What gives you the greatest joy today? ________________________________________________
What was your funniest experience?__________________________________________________
Describe your most spiritual moment_________________________________________________
What words of wisdom would you like to share with future generations? ________________
Wishing you many good memories ...
Mary Anne Benedetto
*Artwork-Memoir writing bugs by Ally Benedetto