When I tell people I write life stories, they often say, “Too bad my life isn’t more interesting.” My response to that? It depends on who is reading and their definition of “interesting”.
Too Bad my life stories aren’t more interesting
Genealogy. You might be the only one in the family who remembers the migration of your ancestors; such as where they came from, when they arrived in a certain country, how they made a living, if names were changed along the way, and the countless details that can fill out the branches of a family tree.
Relationships. You might be the only one in the family who remembers details about family dynamics; such as which siblings were close, what was the cause of rifts or arguments, how did relatives reconcile, how were joys and sorrows experienced by various family members, did you have friends who were as close as family? These types of narratives can fill in the blanks for younger generations who have never heard “the whole story”.
It depends on who is reading
Traditions. You might be the only one in the family who remembers the origins of certain customs; such as whose idea was it to put turnips in the mashed potatoes every Thanksgiving, why were real Christmas trees replaced by artificial ones, who was the first to serve strawberry shortcake as a birthday breakfast, has the family barbecue always been on the Fourth of July, what ended the annual summer vacation at the beach? Sharing the details of family customs can revive long-lost traditions or deepen appreciation of current ones.
Decisions. You might be the only one in the family who remembers moments that changed the family history; such as what was the result of going to work instead of college, why did a family member accept a job offer across the country, how did a chance meeting during travel affect a member’s life, which events or decisions proved to be turning points with positive or negative impacts? Revealing the thoughts or circumstances behind decisions can be enlightening for others in the family who don’t understand why certain paths were taken or avoided.
At LifeBook, your book’s audience is personal. The goal is not to shelve the book in a store or offer it on Amazon; it’s published solely for you and your family. The memories you have are valuable in many ways and will be appreciated and cherished by the people who mean the most to you. So don’t hold back—share your stories!
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