|The life stages (beach picture, beach scene in Wiek) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Whether we go on to work after high school or defer work to go to college first, most of us at some point will cut our ties with living in our parental home and move on to a life on our own. These are typically the years of work. Many of us will go on into relationships with others and often that will result in marriage and families as we become responsible for raising our own children. No longer seen so much as children of our parents, we now have our own identities with new roles in which others see us.
Leaving home often begins with going away to college, doing a stint in the military, or some adventure that is a preliminary step to our career life. The adjustment of setting out on one's own can provide fine material for memoir. These can be humorous times or periods of doubt, fear, and angst. Whichever way we look at this transition stage, it can be a time filled with love, loss, and learning. This part of our life is often a great story that we can share in order to help or entertain others and provide lessons in life to others who may need them for their own growth or to understand their own past.
Revealing Our Identity
Eventually we enter into that period of life that most identifies who we are as others see us. We may enter into the careers that bring us recognition in the circles of those who know us. Our stories of how we made it in life and what we accomplished can be very interesting to others. Those stories may consist of success or failures, but with the memoir we should be able to use the important experiences to help bring revelation to those who hear our tales. Anecdotes about our working careers can teach others or stir emotions within them. For many of us our jobs define who we are and give us a big part of our life stories.
The current generation is not as rooted as previous generations when it comes to career. Some of us may have worn many hats in our working life as we've hopped from job to job. There are many stories in this scenario. A memoir of work life can be many things and portrayed in many ways. Whether the memoirist is attempting to entertain with humor or teach with instruction or whatever else, a mixed job bag can be like a diamond mine of writing possibilities.
Adult life is not all work. There can be stories of love, struggles with health, political involvement, parenting--you fill in your own blanks. What was most significant during your most active adult years? You may have a special story that you need to tell about those years. Or you may have many stories. The stories are there when you start digging for them and they all have the potential to be interesting.
Do you think that our work is generally what most defines who we are? What are some kinds of stories that you think could be most helpful to others? Can you think of examples of inspirational stories of working, parenting, or other aspects of adult life? Do you prefer a memoir that is humorous, uplifting, or educational?