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Today you are You
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive
who is Youer than You.
Dr. Seuss

Your written legacy – THE GIFT OF YOU – is the most important thing you’ll ever write.

Almost everyone agrees that writing one’s life storiesmemoirsautobiographyethical will — is a very good thing to do.  You’ve probably said to yourself or your children, “Yeah, I’ll do it . .  . someday.” The problem is, “someday” never comes.

How important is it to get your life’s adventures, experiences, lessons, etc., down on paper? It’s crucial. Read on to find out why:

  1. It will ensure that you’ll be remembered. If, 75 – 100 years from now, you don’t want to be merely a name on a genealogy chart, you have to tell your story.
  2. It will stimulate your mind and help stave off dementia. Writing the stories of your childhood, teen years, young adult, and even mature adult years is excellent mental exercise.
  3. You’ll end up feeling good about yourself. As you write your stories and share them with others, you’ll become aware of your uniqueness and discover how interesting you and your life are.
  4. You’ll learn a lot about your life and become better able to put it in perspective. The more you write, the more “Aha” moments you’ll have – revelations about yourself, your relationships, and your life.
  5. You’ll exorcise your demons. Writing about the tough parts of your life is good therapy. And as you do so, you’ll find that the power your traumas had over you will diminish.
  6. Your physical health may improve. Your traumas are trapped in your cells and joints. By writing about them, you release them and – viola! — your chronic symptoms are likely to ease, if not disappear altogether.
  7. You’ll get more out of life.  Trust me, you will. I’ll write a follow-up article on each of these Top 7 Reasons. This one could be titled, “Top 7 Reasons You’ll Enjoy Life More When You Start Writing Your Memoirs.” Stay tuned.

Write Your Life Stories

Writing your recollections is one of the most enjoyable and the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. The rewards carry down through the generations. Your children and grandchildren, and their children and grandchildren, etc., will thank you for it.

As much as you don’t want to end up merely a piece of bark on the family tree, your descendants won’t want that either. They’ll want to know you. They’ll want to know what made you you; your relationships with your parents and grandparents, friends, spouse(s), children; what made you laugh; what made you cry; how you made your life-altering decisions; your romances, and 1000 other things.

You’re the only one who can tell your stories – because you’re the only one who knows them. That makes you a V.I.P. — Very Important Person.

Psychologists tell us that a large part of our sense of Self — our identity — comes from knowledge of our heritage. Our ancestors are part of us. We have their DNA. A lot of who we are came from them.

Likewise, your descendants have your DNA. You are part of them. By letting them know about you, they are able to connect with you in a very real and meaningful way.


My book on memoir writing, Your Life Oughta Be A Book, is available at http://CarolPurroy.com, in print form as well as Kindle and Nook eBooks. It is chock full of helpful ideas and stories to inspire you in your writing.

Also available at http://CarolPurroy.com is her own book of memoirs, That’s Life, which many memoirists have found to be extremely useful. In addition, it’s a very good read, with approximately 100 short stories – funny, poignant, sad, joyful, miraculous, amazing. (Also in print and eBook at my website.)

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