Have you ever tired to jot down a your autobiography? How far back can you remember? This exercise is simple.
Write out a list of all the major events in your life. Try to add a timeline to these wherever possible. For instance:
Got 100% on first science exam – age 11,
had first crush, age 9,
discovered twinkies, aged 5,
got into fist fight – age 8,
won first fight, age 13.
first kiss, aged 14.
first flower delivery – age 14,
flew a plane – aged 23,
climbed up Mt. Whitney – aged 25,
first speeding ticket – aged 16 (three days after acquisition of drivers license).
Rode an elephant in the jungle – aged 29
Learned how to make balloon animals – aged 15
Crashed first car – aged 16
Helped save a life – aged 14
Learned to swim – aged 9
Understood death – aged 5
So, go on and on until you have a pretty complete picture of your life. Once you have this, pick six lines at random and every day construct a narrative about each event. that should keep you busy!
Leave it for a week, go back and read what you’ve read. Does your life sound interesting to you?