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I have an extensive amount of jobs that constantly cross my mind but there are only two that I would have to consider calling my "dream job". One day I dream of owning a restaurant in San Clemente, California. It is a beach and the environment is soothing and peaceful. I would like to have a restaurant because what else do people love more than food? I would like for my customers to feel at home and have them so relaxed that they forget about the rest of their day, but this is only half of my dream job. The other half is to one day have a child, a child that I would love, guide and teach to be strong, so strong that one day after I am gone and the world has changed they will prevail and make their life worth living over again and again and they will forever leave their mark in time.

Raul Cardenas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

As far as I can remember I have always wanted to become a medical doctor. More specifically, a cardiologist. I love the thought of saving a person's life. The road to becoming a doctor is a long process, but worth it in the end. Having the feeling of accomplishment and knowing that I have made an impact on a family's life, would be the greatest satisfaction for me.

Carissa Villarreal, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I do not as of now have a dream job, but there is a job I would like to give a shot. I would like to try being a band director because I would like to see how good I could teach music. I’m in band so it would be a good challenge.

Johnny Thompson, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I have always wanted to become the #1 Hispanic dancer. To twirl, twist and jump on stage is a way for me to feel free. Having no fear to get on stage and dance my heart out is my main priority. My dream job also consist of teaching those that are special ed, to teach them to dance and let them realize that just because they have disabilities it doesn't mean they are limited to do what they wish to do. To some, dancing is just you moving around but to me it means a lot more. Making my dream job a reality will be the best thing that could ever happen to me.

Gabriela Becerra, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I grow up, I want to be a realtor. I think that would be the perfect dream job. It would be amazing to sell houses to people, and help people find their perfect home.

Valerie Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a professional chef; I would like to own my own restaurant and to be my own boss. To have the talent of being able to cook finger licking meals, in my opinion, would be amazing. People would spread the word and make me famous; others would travel from other places just to try the exquisite food being furnished by my talent. Most importantly I would be happy, making others happy, while doing what I love the most, cooking.

Sandra Martinez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Well my dream job is to be a free lance photographer because you go where you want, when you want, and you take pictures of events that are extraordinary and capture them forever. Also it’s an adventure   

Dominic Ortiz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a naval doctor. I want to be this because to know that I would be the one to help save the lives of the people who defend this country would be rewarding. I would love to be the one to be able to tell the sailor that he didn't risk his life for nothing. I want to be the person that helped the people on the front lines. Navy Medicine is my dream job; I want to save lives, but not just any life, our sailors' lives, the ones who protect freedom. 

Sierra Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job has been to be a Vet. I have always loved animals, since I was little. I never liked to see animals sick, hurt, or anything. I want to help them, so they won't be sick or hurt, and so they can feel better after their visit.

Jessica Diaz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I would like to be a doctor because I have always wanted to help people.

Nora Katana Sims, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I want to be a teacher because our future is in the hands of our children. Children are the future teach them well and let them lead the way.

Claudio Carreon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a professional international model. I would love to travel the world and model all the different and wonderful designers’ clothes. Modeling seems so exciting and outgoing.

Caitlyn Skalitsky, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a veterinarian because I love animals and it pains me to see hurt or sick animals going around. If it were up to me, there wouldn't be any sick or hurt animals anymore because I'd treat them all

Isabel Oliva, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is being a lawyer, because if I was a lawyer then I would get paid a lot of money, and my uncle is a lawyer so it would be cool if I get to work with him because he hardly loses a case.

Daniel Tobin, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Ever since I saw how happy people can get on their wedding day I knew what I wanted to be. Bringing people joy on their special day makes me feel satisfied. Being a wedding planner would be my dream job. Just helping them prepare for the big event gets me excited. Making couples achieve one the happiest moments in their life gives me great pride.

Clarissa Castillo, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Every since fifth grade I have been in choir. I have learned to love classical and opera music, that’s why my dream job is to be an opera singer. I would love to be an opera singer and travel the world. I would love to sing in London and be known as a world famous opera singer.

Diana Garza, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I have always wanted to be a professional photographer. The reason why I want to be a photographer is because ever since I was 5 years old I love to take pictures of people, and of nature, or simply I would just take random snap shots of things that I thought were cool. From then on my mom thought it would be a good Idea that I dedicate my time taking photography classes. I loved those classes but after a while I stopped going since I saw photography a different way than my teacher. He saw it as a job, and well let’s just say that I saw it as art, and the way of capturing the beauty of something and keeping it for a very long time. Don’t get me wrong I still take pictures but now I do it as a hobby.

Tatania A. Zuniga, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be being a professional photographer or a movie producer; I’ve always imagined myself doing the photo shoot of the cover of Seventeen Magazine and Vogue or producing the latest Nicholas Sparks movie.

Johanna Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Well my dream job would a graphic designer for video games, because well for one I like to play games and I think it would be pretty cool to actually make them as well and let other kids have fun playing them just like I did.

Michael Morales, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be being CEO of a major company. Making a lot of money, making all the decisions, and not having to look up to anybody else. That would be an awesome feeling.

Jacob Martin, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is me becoming a part of the Air Force. Why? I would like to feel like I did something for my country and know I can accomplish anything in my path.

Diego Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work with the President. Working with the President would be my dream job because I want to see all the hard work and decisions he has to make. I'm not very into politics but being able to work with him will teach me all I need to know.

Andrea Lopez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to become an astronaut. My passion for space is an unbearable feeling that lies deep inside my heart. The mysteries that have been asked by millions of people have not yet been answered by NASA because of technology. Later on in the future, technology will be advanced and there will be answers to questions. I would like to be that one person to look down at young children and answer all there doubt's over space.

Gemma Mandujano, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be a veterinarian; I'm an animal lover. I care for animals so much; I would do anything to save their lives. This job will never suit me because I'm the type of person who can't handle dissecting animals.

Alyssa Ramirez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to coach the U.S Olympian Track team because it would not only be a great experience, but also a great chance to meet up with some of the best athletes in the world.

Brianna De Leon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a lawyer because to me it's the greatest way to be a productive member to society. It's a very stable job which is what's best if the economy is unstable. Besides that, I think it's a way that truly helps people with their legal problems.

Irene Infante, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a criminal profiler. I'm very intrigued with the crime units, and catching those who do wrong. I want to put an end to the disgusting things these peoples do, and nothing makes me happier then knowing children around the world can be safe, and that women can walk outside not fearing men coming behind them and doing the bad things that they do. I believe in a world where people can be free, and if not, everyone owes it to each other to do the best they can. We owe it ourselves to do the right thing, and the more years that go by the more society forgets that. I believe in putting criminals away, and doing the best I can to put them in a place where they either change, or they get out of our world.

Sydni Salinas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work for National Geographic. I would be the one taking all the animal pictures, traveling around the world to do what I love. To see many different animals I have never heard before. To keep them safe and keep track of what they are.

Angelina Vasquez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a famous tattoo artist because I love art and it would be really amazing to get to permanently ink my skill on someone's body. Having the opportunity to make someone happy with my skill would be really great for me. I really want to prove to people that my artistic creativity is outstanding enough to really want me to tattoo them. Whether it's just some tribal tattoo, or a butterfly tattoo, or a sketch of a relatives face, I would really love to be a part of their experience of tattooing.

Erica Montes, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Though I plan to study law, oddly enough I think my dream job would have to be a food critic. I love food, and tend to savor every flavor, and to have a job where I would be able to get paid to eat and critique the food I eat seems to be too good to be true.

Katarina Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to work for NASA. Ever since I was a little kid I was amazed on how the rockets would soar up high in the sky. With so much thrust and power, it excites me. I want to be an aerospace engineer for them. I want to help make better rockets to use less fuel or maybe build a rocket that doesn’t use fuel at all. I hope one day I can become what I’ve always wanted to be.

Andres Dena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work as an actress. Yes the money and the fame is wonderful but I have a different reason why I would love to be an actress. My reason is because with every script I receive and every character I play I get to become someone else. I get to have this whole other life and I am no longer Alexis Guerrero the famous movie star, I am anyone I want to be.

Alexis Guerrero, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a professional photographer. I remember when I was 8 years old; I'd always steal my mothers' camera and take pictures of nature and life in general, and spend hours concocting the perfect moment to take pictures. To be a photographer, you must have the three P's: patience, passion, and perfection. I would love to be a celebrated photographer, not for the fame, but for the recognition of capturing people's most cherished moments to preserve them for a life time.

Amee Jocelyne Garcia, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a chemist. I want to find knew discoveries in healthcare and medicine. I want to be the one to make the cure for all the diseases that are threatening families all over the world. I want to be able to help these people get better and see them live a longer and happier life without worrying about their health.

Tatianna Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a chef, because no matter where you go on this earth there will always be people that are hungry. I want to own a restaurant and raise enough money to go to parts of the world and cook for them so they won’t be hungry for at least one day.

Danelle Potter, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be a "Large Animal Veterinarian" because I love working with livestock and would greatly enjoy helping them in any way possible.

Kevin Zimmerer, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I plan on going to go to school to become an anesthesiologist, where I will help many people. Other than that I would want to be an actor, which I do currently pursue, even though those two career paths are complete opposites.

Matthew Lopez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would to be in the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). I have been playing golf since I was in middle school and I believe it would be an honor and privilege to have this job for the rest of my life, and I intend on making this reality. I have always wanted to be a professional golfer because to me it is not just a game, it is my life and all I ever think about, and that is my dream job.

Petra Bazan, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I am older my dream job is to be a CSI agent because the things they do are very interesting to me and this kind of job is a type of job I would love to have this kind of job because I am interested in all the things they do and the way they get the job done.

Andrew Cavazos, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream is to be an elementary teacher. I love children; it's amazing how much they can learn in a short time. Having this job will also help me have time to plan my own family, which is the most important thing to me.

Violeta Rico, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a veterinarian! I love animals very much and I know I would never get bored of being a vet, taking care of them would never be a bother to me. Ever since I was five years old, I said and knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian to help and care for every animal that I got in my hands on. And to be honest, the pay is very good and life would be great knowing that I have money for my family and going to work loving every moment. My dream job is not far away and I will try by best to accomplish college and be a vet one day.

Laurie Solis, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be an Aerospace Engineer, the reason why I want to be an Aerospace Engineer is because I have always dreamed of working as a mechanic like my dad, yet living in my favorite NFL football teams' hometown, Houston. Not only will I would have been able to live there and be an a mechanic, but work with NASA, sadly I cant no more due to the organization being close, and earn lots of money just to fix space shuttles and more cool scientific machines.

Lucio Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be an astronaut. I've always been fascinated by space, the stars, supernovas, black holes and who knows maybe even aliens. I would love to explore space. That is my dream job.

Emerie Sanchez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a Psychologist. When I was little I had a walking disability, so I know what its like to get picked on and because of that I had trust issues for a long time. I had no one to help me through those times but I want to be able to help other people deal with their problems and not feel so alone. 

Kimberly Segura, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I found out you could be a chocolate taster for a living I flipped. I think that is the job for me because I love chocolate and could eat it all the time. Getting paid for it is just the perk of what you do everyday.

Lucero Hernandez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

To be a Composer or a Band Director, because I want to show people that music is not just noise to the ears. It tells a story behind each piece of music, also because music is everything to me. I want doing this career, for the rest of my life and I'm sure I will.

Abigail Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a neonatal nurse for the newborn babies. I love babies with all my heart. I know how to take care of them, know how to change them, love them, feed them, and put them to sleep. I have that magic touch. Literally, I'll pick up a baby who is fussy and right away they will stop crying. I love babies. Someday I hope I will reach my dream job once I finish college. Then I will have reached my dream job.

Celina Casanova, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a surgeon. I would like to be this because I will love to be able to help people that are badly injured or those that need a transplant of some sort. I would also like to be a surgeon because I like seeing blood, well just as long as it isn't mine. I really hope to accomplish this goal in the future.

Jackie Ruiz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be the CEO of a major company. It doesn’t really matter with whom as long as I get to help out a whole bunch of people. I would give my hardest workers big bonus. I would donate a lot of our company’s money to people who are in much need.

Dudley Shine, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

For my dream job I would like to be a marine biologist, being a marine biologist to me has so many perks including being near water, studying the vast life of the ocean, and just having a fun job in general.

Bryan de Leon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a doctor. I want to be a doctor because I get to save lives, get to help sick people, and help people live longer. I have always wanted to be a doctor, since I was young, and that dream still lives. With the help of my teachers, I know I can make that dream happen.

Brenda Cardenas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to become a pediatric oncologist. I have always loved helping out others, and I love children. I want to become an oncologist because Cancer interests me and studying this deadly disease would be one of the many things I love to do in life. I’ve been interested in cancer as soon as my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer; I wanted to know why it happened and how it happened. I began studying all about cancer ever since that day, and I wouldn’t want to be anything else besides a pediatric oncologist.

Amber Germain, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a lawyer. When I would watch television, lawyer shows would be on and they made it seem so awesome, being proven right when everyone thinks your wrong, it’s a wonderful feeling to have. I have had a way with my words that let people into my mind and they feel what I feel. I hope that my creative ways will indeed help me in my future job choice and make me a brilliant and compassionate lawyer.

Ashley Green, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My future job will be being a basketball player because basketball is a really good sport and I have a lot of love for that sport. When you’re a professional basketball player you get paid a lot for playing a basketball game. So you get to take care of your self and your family when you have a lot of money. So that’s why I want to be a professional basketball player.

Joseph Torres, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. This would be my dream job because the Los Angeles Lakers are my favorite basketball team and my favorite thing to do is play basketball. If I could get paid millions of dollars to do something that I love, it would be awesome.

Daniel Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be playing for the NBA. Playing basketball is one of my hobbies and getting paid a lot of money to do that would be fabulous. The excitement that comes with playing with the greatest basketball players in the world must be unexplainable, and having fans support you throughout your career just makes it that much better.

Alejandro Valdez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

The job of my dreams would be working at a police department as a blood splatter analyst. I would choose this career as my dream job because I’ve always wanted to be a part of a forensics team since I was small.

Jose Olivo, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be becoming a veterinarian. I've always loved helping animals, since I was little I'd care for homeless animals and the animals I had. It's a challenge as well because animals can't tell you what hurts or what's broken so you really have to understand their body movements and their facial reactions.

Jennifer Villanueva, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be a Car Architect. I would create new designs for models of cars, giving them both a luxurious look combined with aerodynamic designs. It’s a very good career because they offer a good amount of salary. It’s not a simple job because there is a lot of mathematics involved, along with working with other people including engineers, mechanics, and critics, who then do not have the same ideas as the designer. Therefore, working at a Car Architect would be something I would love to do everyday.

 

Something unusual just might happen to you when you start working with your family’s photo collection:

You may suddenly get this urge to start writing about what’s happened to you in your life and why it meant so much to you.

And what’s even more surprising, you may also have an overwhelming desire to ask your loved ones to start writing the same about their lives!

Why Write Your Autobiography

As you organize and label your photos, especially older ones, what happens is you will start to put together pieces of the larger “story” of family members’ lives. Each of their lives becomes like one giant puzzle that you’re assembling back together.

At this point, I’ve found their “Life Stories” now either become more clear to you, or sometimes … much less. You may have thought you knew someone really well until you discover photos that show a whole other part of their life you never knew.

 

For example, I showed my Mom some photos that she hadn’t seen in a long time when we were together over the December holidays. And immediately, all of these stories just came gushing out of her. She would point to a picture, and then another, and tell me all about it and why this moment in her life was so important to her.

Fantastic, right!?

Well, all I kept thinking at the time was, “What happens when I look at this photo 25 years from now. I probably won’t remember any of those fascinating things you just told me about. Can’t you just write all of what you just said down for me?”

 

I greatly fear the time when members of my small family pass. In addition to the obvious emotional reasons, I am worried photos will not be enough to help me remember all of these important details. And it’s all of these great details that really hold together their complete “Life’s Stories.”

 

Is it unrealistic of me to wish we spent time in our lives now recording our stories to pass on to others we will leave behind later?

 

The problem with this wish is many of us have never written anything that seems to be this monumental. I mean, since possibly school papers, belated “catch-up” emails to distant relatives are probably the longest things many of us have written in many, many years!

And some people hire biographers to write it for them because it’s often perceived as being so much work. We’re possibly talking about an entire book here.

For someone who’s not an experienced writer, they might think writing down everything that’s happened to them so far could take a second lifetime!

Mark Twain obviously led a short uninteresting life.  His autobiography finishes up at only 736 pages!

How to Realistically Start Writing Your Autobiography When It Seems Too Hard

Not too long ago, I was having an email discussion back and forth with my Canadian friend Art Taylor. I was asking him what’s making him happy right now and he happened to bring up that he and his wife Alison had recently signed up for a weekly writing-group on the art of writing memoirs.

This of course piqued my curiosity.

Not only did I not really understand exactly what a memoir really is, but it occurred to me that something they were learning might help my family and me figure out that secret “instruction manual” to make this whole autobiography thing a lot easier.

The secret to this problem might just surprise you.

 

I’ve put together the highlights of our conversation below in an easier to follow article format. Art’s answers are in quotes.

What is an Autobiography

So a biography is an account of someone’s life written by someone else. We’ve all seen those massively thick books on someone influential in our history that an author has written about.

But when it comes to writing about our own lives, I’ve really only heard of two different types of books: an autobiography and a memoir. And between the two, I never really understood if there was even a difference.

Isn’t a memoir just a fancy emotional version of an autobiography that only famous people write?

You don’t need to be famous to write a valuable autobiography, family history, or memoir. Everybody has many stories to share with family and friends.

Remember, history may be recorded about only rich or famous people, but everybody contributes to the history of the human race in his or her own way.

YOU are important to yourself, your family, and your friends. Why not share your stories with the present and future generations, just you probably wish your family members had shared their stories with their future generations?

 

There can be differences between a memoir and autobiography, but the line between them can be hazy.

 

At least in my opinion, an autobiography is about the life of the writer (unless it’s ghost-written for somebody) and deals with as many aspects of that person’s life as he/she chooses to reveal.

 

Other people and events are incidental to the main body of writing. Particular attention is usually given to birth, marriage, and death information, along with highlights of many aspects of the subject’s life.

What Is a Memoir

At this point, I thought Art was going to tell me a memoir is just a condensed version of an autobiography. Instead of your whole life being written down in 500 pages, your whole life in a memoir would be reduced down into like 200 pages but cover the same information.

A memoir, while it can be highly autobiographical, is not necessarily so.

 

It might concentrate primarily on the writer’s memories of one or more aspects of the writer’s life, such as his/her travels; hobbies; career; nuclear family; a particular parent, sibling, or other relative or a close friend.

 

By definition, it basically deals with ‘memories’, regardless of what the memories are about. Birth, marriage, and death information might easily be excluded, unless the writer is deliberately aiming for an autobiographical story.

Well Art has certainly been more enlightening than Chevy Chase. That “Memoirs of an Invisible Man” was an entertaining film but obviously taught me nothing about memoir-ing!

So a memoir is more like what we think of as an autobiography, but really without any rules:

I could, in theory, write an entire memoir exclusively about the vacations and travels I’ve taken.

A different memoir could be written about my memories of family Christmas and other holiday traditions or about my accomplishments and honors achieved.

Yet another version could deal only with family stories I remember from growing up.

Still another version could be about my friendships with Paul and Dave, two of my best friends for well over 40 years. In fact, they could be the major characters in the story, with my memories of our activities together providing the continuity.

The “Secret”

By this point of the conversation, I was starting to feel very encouraged!

The missing secret for many of us who haven’t even been able to write a paragraph or two could just be in the idea that writing our autobiography or “Life Story” needs to start off as — A story, not The story.

 

If you are having problems writing even that first sentence, the problem is probably based on this ingrained understanding that you have to write about everything, or there’s no point in writing anything.

 

Instead, you could start small. Consider writing about just one topic or occurrence from your life.

Or, if you are still determined to be thorough, start out just focusing on one topic but take it through completion before moving on to others.

Topic Ideas to Write About

Art provided a nice list of possible categories or even “chapters” that would be an excellent starting point for almost anyone.

 

  • Birth to start of Kindergarten
  • Elementary School Years
  • High School Years
  • College / University / Other Post-Secondary Education Years
  • School Days
  • Turning Points
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance(s) / Courtship / Marriage / Children
  • Career / Work Years
  • Retirement Years
  • Family – Immediate (Parents, Siblings, Children); Extended (Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, etc.)
  • Family Tree Personal / Family Medical History
  • Friends and Acquaintances (school, college, work, social activities, etc.)
  • Hobbies / Vocational Activities
  • Sports / Recreation Activities
  • Travel / Vacations
  • Places Lived
  • Home(s) Lived In
  • Favourite Foods and Recipes
  • Holiday Traditions
  • Other Traditions / Customs
  • Accomplishments
  • Awards / Honours Received
  • Spiritual Journey
  • Personal Historical Timeline
  • Clubs / Associations / Organizations
  • Military Service / Volunteer Activities
  • Historical Event Witnessed or Lived Through
  • How I met ….. What’s important to me about …..
  • Why ….. is important to me. How and why I feel the way I do about …..
  • Why ….. is my favourite hobby / sport / activity
  • Favourite Photograph(s)

 

All of these topics I suggested will not necessarily be included in any single memoir. Some of the topics in the list could hold no appeal for you. They are just topics that many people want to include and the list is meant just as a suggestion of topics to write about.

How to Choose Your Topics

So how can someone decide which of these possible topics to include in your memoir? There are just so many that could easily be enticing.

I wondered, if someone isn’t careful to be selective, they may end up including so many topics, they might as well just write a complete autobiography — from birth up until the current time.

One way to help decide what to include and what to exclude is to decide who you are writing a memoir for and why it’s important to you to write it.

 

You might well choose one set of topics if you’re writing for yourself, as catharthsis or therapy but a different set if you’re writing to document your life for future generations.

 

Of course, the answers to these questions will vary from person to person, and possibly for the same person at different times of life.

Organizing Your Topics

So if you choose multiple topics, my next thought is how one would organize them.

How are you going to personally choose to structure the topics you have chosen. Will any kind of order be important to you?

The chosen topics might or might not be in chronologic order. However, the topics I do include I’ve decided will likely be pretty much in chronologic order, at least within each general topic area.

The general topics will also likely be in chronologic order where possible. If different topics happen concurrently, such as career and vacation travel, I’ll need to decide at some point which comes first in the overall story, unless I decide to write the entire thing in something like HTML for random access to any chosen topic.

This is one benefit of writing for a web site or blog, both definitely publishing possibilities to consider. The reader can choose to jump from topic to topic at will, rather than being stuck with the writer’s choice of sequence.

Why Memoirs Are So Exciting

This is obviously just the starting point in the process of writing your “Life Story.” But, I hope it at least fills you with optimism that any of us can write about our own life.

Not only do you not have to be someone famous to be worthy of your own book, but with the option of a memoir, you don’t even need to write about your entire life like most cover in autobiographies.

 

I love this now well-known saying from 2009 that was inspired by the portability and camera quality of Apple’s iPhone:

The best camera is the one you have with you.

~ Chase Jarvis(Photographer)

It makes me wonder if the best moments that have ever happened in your entire life, will someday be the stories you took the time to write down.

 

Have you ever wanted to write about your “Life Story”?  If so, tell me about what you would like to write about and what you’ve accomplish so far comments below.

 

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