Do you think you are interesting or boring? Why?
We are talking about life histories here, your life’s stories.
There are people who, when they think about writing their life histories, conclude no one would be interested in reading anything they’d have to say. This is a common fallacy. It must be common because I’ve heard it uttered many times; and I’m just one person. Let’s explore some reasons why people feel this way and what can be done about it.
Fallacy: Current family members have heard these stories so often that they are disinterested in hearing them again and they instantly hammer down any ideas we have of writing them.
Response: We, as the keepers of family tales, need to remember there are and will be others who appreciate hearing these stories. There are new generations and perhaps total strangers these stories can educate and entertain while allowing the readers a measure of understanding.
Fallacy: We’re not boring; however, some of us might be shy. There’s a difference between the two.
Response: Shy writers might begin by writing about an event, instead of themselves. Make it an event participated in or witnessed. Include personal impressions and thoughts before, during, and after it happened. Perhaps include a follow-up on the effects it had on people or places years later.
The importance of shadow people
These are the people behind the camera, backup singers in the band, artists, set designers of the plays, and script writers for studio productions—the ones who shine the light upon others—ghosts to the audience. Without such ghosts, no recording of any event would ever take place. Imagine a world without memory of the who’s and what’s of yesteryear. Can you?
It’s up to us, as the record keepers, to ensure our stories reach future generations.