If you are like me, you often think of people who played an important role in your life who are now gone. There are so many questions you wish you had asked but you were too young or two busy to think to do so. And, now, the opportunity has passed. When you remember these special people – your parents and grandparents; siblings and other relatives: special friends – don’t you wish they had left more of their stories behind? Wouldn’t it have been a treasure to have documentation of their lives through their eyes?
It is so important to document your life stories. Why? Because you and your life experiences are important to many people – some of whom are still very young and many who haven’t even been born yet. Your family, now and in the future, want to know who you are and what you have experienced and learned as you’ve journeyed through your one unique life.
You are the one true witness to your distinct life. You are also a witness to the lives of so many others – people you’ve known who are no longer on this earth. Documenting your life stories, talking about yourself and other family members and friends, is a gift you can give to future generations. It is also a form of immortality.
You might think this is a lot of fuss over nothing. Why bother writing my stories? It’s not like I was ever famous or important. In the words of Mark Twain: “There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy and a tragedy.” Those who succeed you will want to know about your particular drama, comedy and tragedy. They will benefit from knowing the real you and learning about your life. So, please start the work of documenting your life stories. There is no greater gift you can bestow.