7 questions you should ask yourself before telling your life story
When you decide to tell the story of your life, the task ahead can seem overwhelming. Knowing that by attempting it you will be providing a unique historic document and legacy for your family and wider community can, in some ways, make it even more daunting. It might seem too difficult and time-consuming to embark upon – particularly if you have little experience of writing yourself.
Writing about a life full of experience and adventure, which will contain the inevitable trials and tribulations, laughter and tears, personal failures, regrets as well as victories, will take some deep consideration for it to be told in a way that properly conveys the special journey that makes everyone’s life unique.
So, to begin telling your life story you need to prepare what you want to say and how.
Here, we’ve given you 7 questions you could answer to help you with telling your life story and get the ball moving in the right direction. These are just starting points, and they should help you think of other things you’d like to include or jog your memory on things you had forgotten about.
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To start you off, here are some questions to ask yourself:
Who are you?
Who are you as a person? What are your beliefs? What are your likes and dislikes? What are some of the things that make you who you are?
What are your passions?
What are you passionate about? What do you love, what passions have led you to where you are now and what you’ve achieved?
What struggles have you experienced?
Everyone has gone through struggles within their lives, what have your struggles been? How did you overcome them, there may be some great advice within this that you’d want to share!
What have been some of your greatest moments?
It’s quite natural for people to focus on negative memories, so this should prompt you to look at the positives too. Of course, it’s okay to talk about negatives such as the struggles you may have endured but remember to talk about the positives in your life too and how you have overcome those adversities.
What experiences have defined you?
There may have been one or many experiences that changed you as a person and defined who you are today. What are they? Talk about the experiences that have made you who you are now. Some soul-searching could reveal a lot about yourself you hadn’t even considered.
What do you want your family or friends to know about you?
You may have things you’d like your family or friends to know, maybe you’ve never told them this before, creating a life story that will be there forever for whoever you want to read it.
What’s your honest story?
Keep your story as direct and honest as you can, to make it authentically you. You may want to portray an image that paints you in the best light – that’s OK we all want that – but the best stories are usually the most truthful ones, so bear this in mind.