DIY Autobiography

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From time to time I purchase blank journals with colorful images or fill-in books to write down random thoughts, ideas, to-do lists that never get done, etc. Yesterday I came across a book that I bought over 7 years ago. It’s called The Book of Myself: A Do-It-Yourself Autobiography In 201 Questions



My intent in buying the book was not because I someday want to write my memoirs. Although never say never, right? What attracted me to the book is the questions posed and what a great keepsake it would make. It is written by Carl & David Marshall, a grandfather and grandson, and is divided into sections pertaining to one’s early years, middle years, and later years. Each of those sections is categorized into family, friends, education, work/responsibilities, and the world.


At 41 years young, I am nowhere near filling in answers for the later years section. And there are some questions for the early and middle years that do not pertain to me at all such as For a while I thought I would marry this person, but I didn’t…, My military experience as an adult was…, or anything sports related.


Allow me to share one of the questions that I have answered so far…


If I had any trouble with Mom growing up, it was in this area…

…cleaning my room. The bedroom wasn’t even that big, but I still couldn’t manage to keep it clean. The floor of my closet was always a mess even though there a closet organizer in it. At one point, I managed to leave an onion that was part of a school project on the closet floor too long. It eventually took root to the carpet and when I pried it apart, it left an awful mark. My mother swore everyday that she was going to come in and clean my room herself, but she never did.


Isn’t that crazy? Hmm, maybe I should write my memoirs someday.



Does this sound like a book you would enjoy writing in?

How would you answer the question I shared?


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