Monday, February 13, 2017

When should I write my life story?

Many people don't even realize the benefits of a recorded life story, and most people think they'll have time to think about that later.  But here are some important things to consider, articulated so well in {this excellent article, "Define Your Dash"}.
  • At the very least, YOU benefit personally from reflecting on your life and recording it.  Writing things down can increase your gratitude, give you a stronger sense of self, and create a sense of purpose.
  • Teenagers who know more about their family history are more resilient and have a higher emotional well-being.
  • Children have a stronger self-confidence when they know they belong to something bigger.
  • “A life that is not documented is a life that within a generation or two will largely be lost to memory.  What a tragedy this can be in the history of a family. Knowledge of our ancestors shapes us and instills within us values that give direction and meaning to our lives.”  -Dennis B. Neuenschwander

So the answer to "when should I write my life story?" is NOW!

Have you seen the #52stories project from  It's a great way to leave a written legacy for your children and grandchildren in a do-able way.  You can find {printables to 52 questions (or prompts) to help you write your story} at this link.

Because computers and files aren't the safest place to keep special things, I recommend preserving your story in a special, professional way.  It's easier than you might think to have it professionally published!  This also gives you the advantage of being able to have multiple copies for family members, which makes great gifts. 

UPDATE 2022:   This easy platform is a great option for a life storybook!

However you choose to write your life story, start now.

Winston Churchill said, "History will be kind to me because I intend to write it."  This is one reason that I personally am writing my own story and not leaving it to those who come after me.  It's MY story, so I'm the best one to write it for my children and grandchildren.  I need it now.  My children need it now.  And my grandchildren will need it later.  

We all need the connection that comes from knowing our family stories.


  1. Yes, absolutely now! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 89. Shared.


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