Everybody has a story and there’s something to be learned from every experience.
This is the opening to one of my new found and favorite podcasts called Oprah’s Master Class. She goes on to say – "use your life as a class." Imagine if we all subscribed to that notion, just think what all we could learn and what all we could teach along the way.
You are an expert in your own life. You have things that you’ve learned that you can teach others - right now. Hard fought lessons, truths that you have come to realize, and bits of advice that ultimately changed the course of your existence. All of these experiences, all of this wisdom is your legacy. That legacy deserves to be preserved as a memoir. You might choose to write your memoir or you might choose a conversational memoir. A conversational memoir is a recording of you telling your stories and sharing your memories. These are what we predominantly focus on at Remembered Well.
However, I should probably back up a minute and diffuse two common myths about memoirs. The first is that celebrities and historical figures are the only people worthy of producing memoirs. According to Dictionary.com, a memoir is a record of events communicated by a person having intimate knowledge of them based on personal observation. That’s pretty much all of us reflecting back on some period of our lives. It’s not limited to Lebron James, Goldie Hawn, or Thomas Jefferson. And the second myth is – you have to be old to write or record your memoirs.
Justin Bieber disagrees.
His first, yes first, memoir came out when he was 16! He’s now written two. Included were some self-reflection masterpieces such as:
“Nothing ever got my pulse racing (in a good way) like hockey. Well nothing except Beyonce, but that wasn’t until I was twelve or so.”
You could perhaps question whether the world benefits from this wisdom but how about this one:
“Dare to be a sucky skateboarder or a lousy video editor or a completely crappy golfer. If we do only the stuff we’re good at, we never learn anything new.”
That’s one you’ve likely heard before just written a little differently. It is basically if you never try anything new, you never learn anything new. Timeless truths communicated in a way that would likely resonate with a teen crowd.
You would likewise bring your own unique voice and set of filters as you communicated what you know. Your take might be just the version that someone else needs to hear. We could all learn from you. You have every bit as much wisdom as Justin Beiber.
You have a memoir inside you. What can you teach us? Share what you know for the benefit of others. Here are three questions to get you started pondering about your legacy and what you might say as part of your memoir:
What does it mean to be a friend?
What three things are you grateful for right now?
If you were given a platform where everyone in the world would listen to you for 1 minute, what would you say?
Every single one of us will have different answers to those questions and we can learn from each of us. Use your life as a class. Learn as much as you can. Teach and share as much as you can. And preserve what you can before class is dismissed.