MEMOIRABILIA PODCAST #2: YOUR PAST CAN WRITE YOUR FUTURE
YOUR PAST CAN WRITE YOUR FUTURE:MEMOIRABILIA PODCAST #2:
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Welcome back to Podcast #2 of “Memoirabilia” where we believe your past can write your future. As a younger woman, I always wanted to write a book but never seemed to have the time. When that time finally arrived, the last book I expected to write was a memoir. But, at the overly ripe age of 65, I realized I had a story to tell that would resonate with, and speak to many, especially women.
Since then, I’ve written a total of 4 memoirs. Not bad for a woman who just dreamed of one day writing a book. That book, I’d tell myself as the years went by, would be something akin to Erma Bombeck’s classic, “Motherhood, the Second Oldest Profession”. It would be full of feel-good stories with as much humour as I could put into them. Instead, what I ended up writing was anything but funny!
My first memoir, “No Tears for My Father” was my true story of child sexual abuse at the hands of my father. Three more memoirs followed. And what I learned as I penned memoir after memoir was that the more I write, the more I discover stories I want to share. My past was writing my future!
Tom Robbins once stated that “People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.”
My inner critic has told me for years that I have no imagination. But it’s far from the real reason that I wrote my first memoir. Of late, memoirs have become hugely popular. In fact, some of my readers have told me they’d rather read memoir than fiction. And the more memoirs I read, the more I agree, because memoirs deal with the things that really matter … the good, the bad and sometimes, the downright horrible that exists in so many people’s lives. Sometimes, the only place a reader trying to cope with trauma can find help is in someone else’s memoir.
Writing memoirs like these help both the writer and the reader: the writer finds relief for the heartache and pain of memories locked deep inside because, as Adair Lara says: “When you pin your misfortune to a page, you rob it of its power.” But before you say “I don’t have a traumatic story to share!” let me hasten to say that writing memoir, or memoirs, is not just for those with sad tales to share. Depending on your age, you might want to leave a collection of your memories for your loved ones, the grandchildren and their children. How else will they know that before computers and iPads came along, we used typewriters. Or that Grandma used a wringer washing machine? Or what it was like to run 30 feet to theouthouse in the middle of the night since there were no indoor toilets. What great reading future children will have thanks to those of us who decide to write our memoirs today.
So do as Maya Angelou and so many others have done: free the caged bird inside you. Write that memoir you’ve been wanting to write and let your past write your future.
©Viga Boland, 2015