: August 24, 2023 Posted by: Maureen Comments: 0
Young man sitting outdoors smiles as he reads from a book.

By Maureen Santini © Copyright. All Rights Reserved. 

For those who think that they can’t write or that their lives are not worth preserving on paper, this website is for you.

If your parents or grandparents died without passing down a booklet containing the facts of their lives, I bet you would give anything to go back in time and encourage them to write it all down.

Your children and grandchildren, as well as future generations, are in the same position. It may not have occurred to them to ask you to write a memoir or autobiography. But you know they will be extremely grateful to have a book of your life and times to cherish for all time.

Preserving Your Personal History is Worth It

Here are a few benefits of writing about your life:

Your life amounts to a massive library of information about you, your lifestyle, your community, children, parents, grandparents and, in many cases, great-grandparents. All this knowledge is lost permanently when people die without preserving their personal “library.” That’s why the great genealogist Alex Haley said every death is like the burning of a library.

In an era in which lifestyles change rapidly, writing your story is an opportunity to describe in detail your way of life, which could be obsolete – or much less common – within a generation or so. Compare a list of the most common jobs in America 100 years ago (dairy farmer was first) with the most common job these days (retail sales).

The world has changed dramatically during your lifetime. You are an eyewitness. Writing your story is your chance to recount your personal experience of living through major events such as the Great Depression, World War II, and the recent Coronavirus pandemic. You also can chronicle the way televisions, computers, the Internet, cell phones, social media and other inventions have affected your daily life.

Writing your personal history may have intangible benefits as well. Researchers are finding that “shifting the ways people think and talk about important life events can influence their lives moving forward.”

As a result, those whose life stories consider the positives that result from negative experiences might be able to develop more robust and healthy personalities, according to researchers.

Creating a narrative of what your life has meant is a powerful way to convey a sense that your life mattered, Dr. Dhruv Khullar wrote in the Washington Post on July 14, 2019.

The Decade-by-Decade Method 

Going through your life decade by decade is a simple way to capture a lot of information. If you’ve lived five decades so far, for instance, you could draft a manuscript in short order by writing about a decade every week. The pages add up quickly.

Whether you’ve ever thought of yourself as a writer, you CAN pass down your life story if you follow the method explained on my website. This factual, straightforward approach suits everyone, whether they think they can write or not.

For each decade you are prompted to write about a series of topics such as school, sports, religion, family life, events, games, pets, clothes, movies, health, hobbies, music. You’ll write about relationships with siblings, friends and others who were influential in your life along with your thoughts and aspirations. You’ll note inventions and national and world events that had an impact on your life.

Once you start writing the process becomes nearly effortless. One decade leads to the next, each spurring memories.

Give this method a try. Join us in this rewarding journey. Your life matters. Your story is important.

Start writing today about your first decade. Still not convinced? Read why your life story is your legacy

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Note: This post was updated from the original.