1. “Who wants to hear about me?”
Your family and friends do. They really do even though you may not think so right now. You are unique and your life experiences are too. You can describe times, places, and people that only you can share. To your family and close friends, YOU are who they care about—more so than movie stars, sports heroes, or politicians. They would like to read your book.
2. “My kids and grandkids already know me.”
They don’t know you as well as they could or should. If you’re not intentional about it, your children and grandchildren will just know you as a parent or grandparent. They will only see you in one dimension—instead there are multiple dimensions of your life. You were once a child, a teen, a student, a worker, and much, much more. All of these details will be lost if they are not recorded. Build a rich legacy for the next generation so they can really know you.
3. “I don’t have children or grandchildren. What’s the point?”
You have a legacy even if you don’t have children or grandchildren. You have loved ones—friends and siblings, nieces and nephews perhaps—that would like your story recorded. Plus, you can use this opportunity to get to know yourself better. Do you realize what you have accomplished over the years? Life review helps you recognize the joys and challenges you have experienced at different stages of life. Perhaps by reflecting on the past and present, you can build a crystal clear map for the future! You might learn some new things about yourself that could affect the way you live the rest of your life. Plus, you’ll actually begin to see how the pieces of your life’s journey have come together to make you who you are.
4. “I am not a writer.”
It doesn’t matter. Do the best you can. Just say it! If you can answer a question, you can write your life story. Your family and friends will appreciate the “voice” that comes through when you write your own memories and experiences for yourself.