Here’s a great idea I wish I’d thought of first. The editors of Smith magazine, an on-line zine, asked people to write their memoirs–in six words. The results are funny, uplifting, and poignant. You can write your own summary of your life and add it here at the Bryant Park Project blog. I’ve excerpted a couple of entries to show the range of responses:
Happy: “Life long ranger. Better than anything.”–Susie
Funny: “Job stinks. Art doesn’t pay. Dang.”–Peter Nelson
Sad: “Fifty dollars. Hurts to pee. Divorced.”–Jeff
Zen: “Learned something. Learned nothing. Still learning.”–Ananda
Mine: “Got older, understood more, judged less.”
A few words of advice: reject the cliche, the political (unless that’s what your life has been about), and write from the heart. Give it a try.