Yesterday’s Journal Can Become Tomorrow’s Memoir
New life stories are created in many ways. Sometimes a whole new life story happens itself upon us, and we have to decide how to make the best of it. Often, we deliberately decide it’s time to change our lives for the better and set out to compose a new life for ourselves.
An important part of building a new life story is understanding, healing, and coming to terms with our past life stories. We use our old lives to propel ourselves forward, use them as fuel, use them as compost for new growth.
Rather than denying or hiding our past, we mine it for the surprising and hidden riches it may contain.
Journal keepers and writers already have a wealth of material to draw on. As we look back, we strengthen ourselves by reinterpreting or reframing events of our past. Writing a memoir can become a powerful healing process as we literally become the authors of our own stories.