Most of us, at one point or another, have thought, “I could write a book…” And the truth is, we could. While it might not be the next great American novel, most of us have an autobiography – in one form or another – waiting to be written. In fact, getting our story down in our own words is one of the most precious gifts we can leave our loved ones.
To be certain, leaving behind a legacy involves passing on our “stuff” – our financial wealth and our personal possessions. But it also means leaving a lasting impression of who we were during our time on earth – where we came from, what we believed in and stood for, the lessons we learned over the course of a lifetime.
Some of us have ancestors who left us their autobiographies, memoirs, or letters. If you are among these lucky few, consider how privileged you are to have this link to your family’s history. If you don’t have this honor, imagine what it would be like to be able to read about the lives of your grandparents or great-grandparents in their own words.
Now, imagine what a gift you could give your own grandchildren and great-grandchildren if you wrote or recorded your own life story for them to have after you’re gone.
Just a suggestion…