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

E0031 – KAREN SIM – TIME TO GET UNSAFE

Nothing worthwhile comes without a fight. In episode 31, artist and musician Karen Sim details the struggles that kept her from creating, and the leap of faith she made in order to try to regain her spark…

Karen’s artwork and music can be found:

https://www.facebook.com/UrbanGoatArt/

https://www.instagram.com/ksimurbangoat/

https://www.reverbnation.com/ksimurbangoat

http://www.karensim.net/

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/

 

Jason Momoa Shares His Legacy

What does “Legacy” mean to you?  How about to your family?  This video is a brilliantly put together piece about actor, producer, director, and father Jason Momoa.  He reminds us that if you stay focused on your goals you can achieve great things.  Most importantly, he reminds us to take the time to pay attention to the little details that make us who we are.  Enjoy nature and those small moments that end up being the things we remember most from our lives.

E0024 – Bret Hart – Making of a Legend

In this episode of A Story Not Forgotten, Liam is joined by professional wrestling hall of famer, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, for a story from his days competing in high school wrestling, working the ticket booth for Stampede Wrestling, and character building experiences that he would take with him the rest of his life.

You can enjoy this episode in Video format on our YouTube Channel or via audio only format on this page.  Please remember to subscribe and tell everyone you know!!!

*Content Warning* Some strong language

WWE Hall of Fame 2006 Induction of Bret “The Hitman” Hart

 

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.

Happy Holidays

From all of us to all of you, we wish you all the best this holiday season. May you make lots of great memories and share wonderful moments with your family and friends.

 

Von Wong Finds His Purpose

Sometimes a person’s life story is about their search for their purpose in life.  Benjamin Von Wong is an incredibly talented photographer who spent his life trying to figure out what he was meant to do with his life.  He came up with a formula that lead him to a purpose of bringing people’s attention to environmental and humanitarian causes through his incredible photography.

What is YOUR legacy?