Jen Kramer gave herself a very exciting and challenging New Year’s Resolution last year. She made a commitment in 2018 to write a message of love and gratitude to a different person every day and post it on social media. Now that 2019 has begun, Jen’s experience has been gaining national attention. When I saw an article about her on Good News Network, I immediately thought that this was something any of us could do and benefit from. If you seek to write your life story, writing messages to other people in your life can be an especially effective way to jump-start the process. And even if writing your autobiography is not on your immediate radar, taking the time to honor those you love or appreciate can be an uplifting and life-affirming endeavor.
Now you may wonder, how do I come up with 365 different people to write about? Jen’s #yearoflove provides lots of examples. She’s a professional woman who happens to live in Chicago, and as well as writing about family members and close friends, she expanded her horizons and began featuring people she knew or regularly came across in her day-to-day life: her hairdresser, the server at the donut shop she stopped to buy coffee at almost every morning, a local police officer. She also kept her eyes and heart open for chance encounters that gave her an opportunity to offer expressions of caring to those in need, such as the homeless man she walked by almost every day. Jen also brought in those she had been friends with long ago, as well as those who may have played an important part in her life but had since passed away. I got the feeling that when the year was over, she sill had more people whom she could have honored in this way.
So, as an autobiography ghostwriter and teacher of life story writing classes, I urge anyone to consider this pathway to writing about your life – and the lives of those around you!
- Kevin Quirk, autobiography and memoir ghostwriter with Your Life Is a Book