Time and time again, I hear, “I WANT to tell my story.”
Then the “Someday List Syndrome” swings by and disrupts good intentions.
Way too often before the Someday calendar page turns it’s too late.
Why? The answer is universal: It is hard to get started.
Help has arrived. The following memory joggers are tried and true. They are guaranteed to turn “Someday” into “Today.”
Enjoy . . .
- What is your first memory?
- When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How did that turn out?
- Do you have a “road not taken?” What? Why?
- What do you remember about mealtime when you were growing up? Who sat around the table? What was your favorite meal?
- If you had all the time in the world and money was not object, what you would do?
- What is the best gift you ever gave? Received?
- Who or what is the true love of your life? Why do you say that?
- Tell a story about a happy time in your life—a sad time.
- Pretend you are going away on a long trip. What will you write on the note you leave behind on the kitchen table?
- Tell a story about your childhood home—your childhood neighborhood.
- Tell a story about your first date—who was it with, what did you do, and where did you go? Did it end with a goodnight kiss? Why or why not?
- Share a secret.
- How do you hope you will be remembered?
- Tell a story about a recurring dream. What has that dream come to mean to you?
- Tell a story about facing a huge challenge. What did you learn?
- What is your favorite tradition—holiday or otherwise?
- When you’re feeling down, what makes you smile?
- If you ruled the world, what changes would you make?
- Pretend you are creating a time capsule that will be opened 100 years from now. What will you put in it to represent your life and your lifetime? Why?
- Tell a story about a time and place where you felt truly with yourself and your life.