If you’ve ever thought, “Maybe someone can learn from my mistakes,” or “I’d like to help someone going through something similar to what I’ve experienced,” or “I’d love to write this down so my children’s children will know what my great-grandparents experienced,” you’re on the path to writing fascinating life stories.
Perhaps, though, you aren’t sure. Maybe you’re wondering if you even have a life story to share.
If so, ask yourself these questions. They’re simple, but if you answer honestly, you may find that your life is filled with stories that can change your life and the lives of others around you.
Your Childhood Can be Fascinating if You Let it
- Were you an only child or did you have siblings?
- Did you experience loneliness, jealousy, frustration, or any other emotions that you learned how to manage? What was your childhood like?
- Were there any interesting situations surrounding your birth?
- Were you satisfied with the relationship you had with your parents?
- Can you see evidence of your parents’ personalities and influence in your life, whether you’ve tried to model your life after theirs, have made a drastic change, or find yourself unconsciously repeating behaviors?
- Can you define the role you felt you played in your family?
- Did you ever try to run away from home? Why?
- Did you find great and unexpected success as a child? How?
- Did you have a pleasant education experience? Would have done anything differently?
- Was education important to you?
- Does your family line up with your perception of the ideal family?
Your Challenges Can be Fascinating and Helpful to Others
- Have you ever done anything you regret?
- Have you ever found yourself in a situation by force or not by your own will?
- Have you ever had any legal problems?
- Did you ever have any financial difficulties?
- Have you ever used drugs or alcohol?
Your Family – Bringing the Fun Into Dysfunction
- Have your parents or family members ever mentioned or hinted at a skeleton in your family’s closet or a broken branch of the family tree?
- Did you know your grandparents or great-grandparents? Did you have a relationship with them?
- Do you have any famous relatives? Were you close to them?
Your Hobbies and Habits
- Can you think of a situation that you still haven’t been able to overcome mentally, physically, or spiritually?
- Do you ever find issues from your childhood impacting your adult life?
- Did you or do you belong to a church or group of people with similar beliefs?
- Do you believe in a greater power?
- Does your faith or belief impact your life?
- Have you ever visited a foreign country?
- Have you learned anything from your travels?
- Do you have a hidden talent or a giftedness in an area of your life?
- Do you know your personality type? Has it affected your life?
- Do you prefer a routine and schedule to or live spontaneously?
- Can you describe your perfect day? Have you found a way to make that happen?
Your Professional Life
- Are you employed? If you aren’t, do you want to be?
- Did you attend university or receive higher education? Are you currently working in the same field in which you received your education?
- Are you happy in your job?
- Do you manage a group of people? Do you find any situations to be challenging?
- Do you wish you could make a career change?
Make Your Personal Life Fascinating Through Insights
- Are you happy with your life right now?
- Do you feel a nagging sense that you have something to tell the world?
- Have you ever felt that you had the ability to influence others?
- Are you married, do you have a partner, and do you have a family?
- Have you ever experienced doubt or negative self-talk? If so, did you find a way to change the way you talk to yourself?
- Can you think of situations that may have contributed to your difficulties?
- Have you ever envisioned yourself doing great things and changing lives?
- Can you give people advice based on a situation in your life?
- Do people seek you out for help or guidance with situations in their own lives?
- Are you able to give people action steps that you know work because you’ve done them?
- Do you like to learn?
- Do you want to heal and overcome past events and situations in your life?
- Do you enjoy writing or do you want to become a better writer?
- Are you ready to write your life story?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you have a life story. And you can make your life stories fascinating! If any of these questions made you think — you’re ready to start writing. If you’re not a writer, don’t worry. You can tell your story better than even the most acclaimed author. Throughout this process, you’ll learn how to add grammar and storytelling elements that will add to your story. More importantly, though, the process will take you through everything from preserving memories and situations to helping you overcome your emotions and change lives.
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