At Lilja, we're in the business of helping people tell their stories. One of the more challenging aspects is knowing where to start, or which stories to tell. We've compiled a list of ideas to help jog your memory and get the stories flowing:
- Ask younger children to interview senior family members. Record the interview with a video camera or with pen and paper.
- Make family gatherings (holidays like Easter, time together at a backyard barbecue) times to ask questions and share stories. Record them, or write them down.
- Ask a senior member of the family to write their story. Encourage them to begin, and then to continue writing. Express ongoing interest in what they are doing.
- Write your own story. Think of the defining moments of your life: What were they? What were the big "aha" moments when something became clear to you?
- Think about the ordinary moments and things in your life. What was an ordinary day like for you when you were growing up? Describe your house, room by room.
- What are the funniest times you most recall? The saddest moments?
- What unique gifts have you brought to the world?
- What are the key values that have shaped your life? Your work? Your role as neighbor? Parent? Significant other? Community member?
- Finally, think about how you want to be remembered. Can you describe yourself and your life in a few simple sentences? (i.e., "I want to be remembered as a person who loved people, and was happiest when I was helping others. I also never met a dog I didn't like.")
Interested in pursuing your own LifeStory? We can help! Visit our Lilja LifeStories page for a list of our services and examples of our work.