Writing Your Autobiography – Your Gift for Future Generations

Senior Woman and granddaughter Baking In KitchenYour Legacy

You know who you are, but did you know there are actually many versions of you out in the world?

There are in fact, hundreds, if not THOUSANDS of versions of You out there. Everyone who has ever met you has created a picture/profile/backstory for You in their mind. Every person in your life carries around a version of You that you have never met. Some of the “You’s” might be heroes. Some might be villains. Some of them are so different that it will make you wonder what kind of impression you could have possibly made on them, and some of them might even be frighteningly close to the real You.

The truth is that only you know the real You.  That is why you need to tell your story. Why is your story important?  Well, think about your family history. Some of you may know who your grandfather was, where he was born and what he did in his life.  A small subset of you may even know who your great grandfather was. But what about those who came before? Roll back the clock and imagine if you knew who your ancestors were.  Better yet, not just who they were, but what they did in their lives. Maybe you are a little stubborn, or people have told you that you are very particular about certain things.  Ever wonder where that may have come from? Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that you were a direct descendant of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?  Or perhaps maybe Napoléon Bonaparte or Joan of Arc.  More importantly who were the lesser known people in those past years that kept your family tree growing long before you were born?

Do you see how valuable your story is to those who follow after you?  What words of wisdom do you have to share? What have you been through that would be important for others to hear?  Perhaps your story can help prevent someone from making the same mistakes in their lives, or give them something to think about when they are feeling like their life has no purpose or meaning.  You may not think your life was all that interesting, and yet you could be an inspiration to someone you will never meet. If you don’t record your life story, you are robbing future generations of knowing who you were and the impact, big or small, that you had on the world.

Here are a couple more reasons to leave your legacy:

Leave your Mark:  Writing allows you to present YOUR side of a story – your interpretation of the facts in a way that allows you to connect with readers and share your triumphs, disappointments, joys, and trials.

Reconciling with the Past: Writing your autobiography gives you an opportunity to revisit the past and reconsider the events and circumstances with the perspective of wisdom and experience.

Writing your personal story can be a painful but cathartic exercise. Recalling times and people who were important in your life can stimulate simultaneous feelings of joy, nostalgia, and sadness. It is an exercise that requires thoughtful reflection and introspection, and it can be the one of the most satisfying experiences of your life, reinvigorating old relations, cherished memories and clarifying purpose.

It’s Time to Get Started

Recording your life story is undeniably important, whether you feel that you are interesting or not.  There is a chain of people starting with you that will go on for generations to come, and they deserve to know who you are.  Every day you delay is another day lost forever that increases the possibility that your story will never be told. Do not wait until it is too late, record your life story starting today.

E0032 – Jessica Nigri – Kind of a Crappy Story

In Episode 32 of A Story Not Forgotten, Liam is joined by spokesmodel, voice actor, and cosplay superstar Jessica Nigri as she shares a story about how she and her family used to amuse themselves back in the day. (And why you should never share eyeliner with her…)

View the Video Version of this Episode on our YouTube Channel

Check out Jessica’s work here:

https://www.instagram.com/jessicanigri/

https://www.youtube.com/user/jessicanigri

https://www.patreon.com/JessicaNigri

https://twitter.com/OJessicaNigri

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJessicaNigri/

Photo by Darshelle Stevens

Seniors Fair in Calgary

Saturday June 2nd, 2018 please join Capturing Legacies Inc. and the rest of the partner organizations of Seniors Service Group for the 2018  Seniors Fair.  The event is from 11am to 2pm at 10333 Southport Road SW (East Entrance).  Please R.S.V.P. and be sure to bring a non-perishable food item for the Calgary Food Bank.  More information in the attached poster below.  Click for a PDF version, and please share.Seniors Fair June 2nd, 2018 from 11am - 2pm

E0030 The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo Special

For the 30th episode of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast, Liam visits a place that is near and dear to his heart, the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo! He speaks with multiple guests to get their favorite convention stories and to share just what makes these events so special…

This is a VIDEO episode! If you want to put faces to the voices, see some of the amazing artwork, and laugh as Liam awkwardly tries to figure out what to do with his arms while the guests talk, head over to YouTube and check it out!
https://youtu.be/WggK-tl23jg

Guests:

Crystal Berry from Dark Age Creations
https://www.darkagecreations.com/
https://www.facebook.com/darkagecreat…
https://twitter.com/wesellswords
https://www.instagram.com/darkagecreations/

Geek Chic Creations
https://www.geekchiccreations.com/

Mel Wartenberg from Attic Raiders
https://www.etsy.com/shop/atticraiders
https://www.facebook.com/AtticRaiders/

James Dalton (from way back in Episode 6!) and Sean Traynor from the 501st Legion Badlands Garrison
https://www.badlands.ca/splash/
https://www.facebook.com/501stLegionBadlandsGarrison/

Calum Lykan (from Episode 12) and Warren Cummins (from Episode 28) from MovieBikes
http://www.rockymountainsidecar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rmsamoviebikes/

Kyle Burles from Kyohazard Illustration
http://kyohazard.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KyohazardStudios/

Shonna White – Artist
https://www.facebook.com/ShonnaTheWhite/
https://shonnawhite.deviantart.com/
http://lostinfernal.com/

Blake Rothwell – Long time volunteer

E0029 – Emre Cords – A Tunisian Welcome

In Episode 29 of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast, Liam reunites with a fellow performer from the short film profiled in Episode 21, Emre Cords, who shares a harrowing story of his younger days attempting to flee Libya to a less than warm welcome, and then a few tales of his experiences in the musical industry after landing on Canadian shores.

Find Emre on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EmRecordsMusic/about/?ref=page_internal

Find Emre on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvh8H4VWNd_UFr6ZUTYGOFw

E0028 – Warren Cummins – Northern Cuisine

For Episode 28 of the A Story Not Forgotten Podcast, Liam sits down with Warren Cummins, a fellow distinguished gentleman he met through the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, when Warren offered up his sidecar as a rolling camera platform for the event. But there is so much more to Warren than just a cool bike. He shares a story of a research trip in the far North and the sorts of cuisine (and practical jokes) that you find out on the tundra…

Warren in the owner of Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures:
http://www.rockymountainsidecar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/rockymountainsidecaradventures/
https://twitter.com/rmsidecartours
https://www.instagram.com/rockymountainsidecar/
They ride on Ural Motorcycles:
https://www.imz-ural.com/

He is the Hertog of the Vikings Vinland Society:
http://www.calgaryvikings.com/
https://www.facebook.com/VestrheimVikings/

And he is the Director of the Northwest Mounted Police Commemorative Association Brass Band:
http://www.nwmpca.ca/brass-band

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is an annual charity motorcycle rally that happens every September in cities all around the world:
https://www.gentlemansride.com/

 

E0027 – Rina Chong – The End of the Industrial Age

Episode 27 of A Story Not Forgotten features Calgary businessperson and entrepreneur Rina Chong as she shares the story of how she worked her way through the corporate rat race to discover her true calling in the new economy and what really works for her.

Rina can be found all over the internet:
www.rinachong.com
www.igalen.com/rinachong
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BecomeABetterVersionOfYouWithRina
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RinaChong
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthwealthhappiness1111/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/rinachong
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIAcorBXqjWo5kVbeHI6Sw

Photo Credit: Jennifer Peters of https://www.jkpetersphotography.com/

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The 365 Legacy Project

In photography there is something called a “365 Project” where you commit to taking a photo every day for one year. Since we are a little different, we want to introduce the “365 Legacy Project”. Commit to writing about your life every day for a year.

Better yet, create an account in our application https://AStoryNotForgotten.com and every day answer ONE question that our system will ask you. Before you know it, your entire life story will be written in glorious detail. You can also upload photos and documents to enhance your story.

Sign up today using the promo code “365LEGACY” and we will give you your first three months absolutely FREE.

You ARE Your Story

Spain 1959When you look back on a person’s life and consider what they have accomplished, consider what actually matters. Is that life defined by the nice car they drove or the education they received or the job they worked?

What about yourself? When you think about your life, what is the first thing you think of? What defines YOUR life?

You probably think back about where you came from and what you have been through in your life. Some more pondering may bring up various accomplishments that you have achieved or perhaps even some regrets.  There are people you once knew and events that may be forever burned into your memory.

Some people believe they are not really that interesting, but actually, if you think about it, you have been alive for 365 days multiplied by your age.  So even at 25 years old you lived 9,125 days.  It is pretty much impossible to say that nothing interesting happened to you in that period of time.  If you are 50, you have been alive for 18,250 days.  So what if you are not a rocket scientist working for NASA.  You still have accumulated interesting life experiences.

Ultimately, when your journey on this earth is over,  all your stuff and everyone you know will be left behind.  Your possessions will be distributed in some way that you have no say in.  The only thing that remains is your story.  It is not too late to record  your life experiences for future generations.  If you don’t know where to start, we can help.