Not Quite What I Was Planning? The book, which has been on my must-read list for awhile now, features people’s life stories, tales from celebrities such as Stephen Colbert to tales from your Average Joes. It's an intimate look into their lives. In just six words.
Sounds like a challenge, doesn’t it? Of all the words in the English language (and if you think a simple dictionary houses all of them, I invite you to acquaint yourself with the massive Oxford English Dictionary; good luck carting that thing home on your bike), how can you restrict yourself to a mere six? Your life, your experiences, your passions, your loves, your hates, your gripes, your likes, your gripes, your ENTIRE life story reduced to six words.
My life is better than yours, perhaps?
Get me off this crazy ride, even?
If you’re still stumped, leave it to me to provide a more in-depth explanation because of course “I can show you all how.” See, I just did it right there. So what would my six-word memoir be? Well, let's see. I’m a forthright person (“I know what people should do”). I work hard (“She works hard for the money”).
Perhaps six words could also help you focus on what you want your life to be in the future. A way to focus and think long and hard about what you really want in life. It might not be a whole life plan, but at least it’s a good, solid start. And besides, who needs pages and pages of life plans anyway? That’s totally overrated. I’m a big fan of the “slow and steady wins the race” philosophy. At the very least, it’s a powerful exercise, that’s for sure. Especially for me, a woman who loves to have passionate love affairs with words.
Now if you’ll excuse me, “I must go save the world.” After all, “Someone has to do it all.” “It might as well be me.”
So, friends, let's chat: What is your six-word memoir? How did you come up with it? Do you think it will change as you change? Or, do you think it will stay the same? xoxo
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