The Value Of Preserving Memories
“To be a person is to have a story to tell.”
— Isak Dinesen
First, why create a memoir at all? For the person creating the memoir - the narrator - there are compelling reasons. Here are a few:
Creating a memoir - even just for personal consumption - can help you view your life in a broader context.
As memories are recalled and recorded, it opens the door to other significant remembrances, some of which may have been long-forgotten.
The reflection that comes with creating a memoir allows you to gain new insight into the past, which can be therapeutic
The act of memorializing events, even if they are difficult or traumatic, can reduce stress and improve cognitive function.
Your memoir is also a gift to future generations. Hearing or reading your story in your words gives them a tangible connection to the essential elements of your life, and to your shared past.
Once you've decided you want to create a memoir, engaging the seasoned professionals at YWYS will help you kick-start your creativity and keep the process moving along.
“I urge you to pursue preserving your personal history to allow your children and grandchildren to know who you were as a child and what your hopes and dreams were.”
— Oprah Winfrey