‘Biographies are for celebrities’.
Bookshop shelves heave under the weight of the latest celebrity autobiographies. In 2016, the stories of Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Alan Bennett and many more made the best-seller lists.
Celebrity stories are a global obsession – but here’s something different: Story Terrace aims to be everyone’s personal biographer. It’s a somewhat novel concept: we really believe everyone’s stories matter.
So in this post, we’re giving you three reasons to write your memoirs.
1. You should share your experiences with your family
‘I wanted to give my grandchildren an insight into my life’- Isabella Matthews, Story Terrace customer
Our life stories are important to our loved ones.
Everyone leaves a legacy of some kind to their children. Some leave behind money, possessions, recipes, or even morals.
What better gift to give than your memories?
Story Terrace was founded on the belief that parents and grandparents should record their stories. You can share so much insight into your life, and the era you grew up in, if you take the time. In return, you will add a whole new dimension to your relationship with your children or grandchildren.
Read this article on how well do you really know your grandparents for more information.
Your story is also your children’s story. It is the story of where they come from, it is their heritage. It’s so important that this rich family history is passed down and not forgotten.
2. Your stories can inspire your loved ones and your community
‘I am hoping that my life story will inspire young people to achieve their dreams’- Yash Gupta, Story Terrace customer
You don’t have to be on the Hollywood walk of fame and have a million followers on twitter to make a difference. In fact, your biography may be much more relatable. Sharing how you have overcome obstacles in your life could have a huge influence on someone you know. Celebrity stories may entertain the masses – but your story has huge power to inspire your friends, family and community. It’s just as important.
Don’t believe us? Read Three women, Three powerful stories
3. It’s important to reflect on your experiences
‘From my adventures I have learnt a lot about myself, my heritage and the wider world we live in. All these formed and shaped me’– Icko Gombodorj, Story Terrace customer.
Life is full of adventures and struggles. We’re all busy, but it’s worth taking some time to reflect. We all deserve the opportunity to appreciate our personal history — and writing your memoirs is the ultimate way to do that.
It’s a chance to answer the big questions for yourself. What were the major periods in your life so far? What lessons have you learned? Who really influenced the person you are today?
If you’ve been through difficult times, writing down your memories can also help to overcome past traumas, or rethink choices you have made. Examining the past can be important for the future.
We’re all trying to live a life worth writing about, so why not write about it and see what you find?
No one says it better than Doctor Who:
‘We’re all stories in the end’.