Why I'm Writing an Autobiography

July 25, 2018

I'm turning 30 this year!

 

As I look back over my life, I've been blessed to grow up in a loving home, meet great people, and travel to some pretty awesome places. I have also endured hurts, grown apart from people, and been in a tough spot or two. What I'm trying to say is, I believe I've done a lot of living in the first 30 years of my life.

 

Due in large part to my parent's example, I enjoy conversing with elderly people. Many are living vessels of history. However, I find it sad when they cannot recall a childhood story, forget a name, or confuse details. This is understandable because we all forget stuff. It's inevitable. But, I have a lot of experiences that I do not want to forget as I grow older. Now, I'm not planning on checking out any time soon, but I want to put things down on paper while they are fresh. You know what I mean?

 

 

As I approach 30, two words stand out in my mind: biography and legacy. I want to capture my story in hopes of gaining greater clarity of who I am, why I'm here, and where I'm going. My story will also serve as a legacy for others to glean and grow. I want to leave a keepsake for those who knew me, and those whom I'll never meet personally, but can still influence through my story. 

 

What if someone finds value in my experience? Perhaps I can help a teenage boy avoid developmental pitfalls. Maybe a young girl will be inspired by my choices. I don't think one has to be famous to have an impact. If my story can help one person, then my life, at least the first 30 years of it, will not be in vain.

 

I hope you'll join me for the journey.

 

 

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