Life is full of obligations and expectations.
School. Work. Family. Friends. They all compete for our attention. And our time.
Despite it all, most of us manage to carve out a little private space where we can shake free of what we have to do in order to do what we want to do. Our fun stuff is as vital to our overall well-being as our serious stuff. As that veritable baseball sage Satchel Paige once said, "We don't stop playing because we turn old, but turn old because we stop playing."
Today we’re going to examine the fun things you’ve done in your lifetime. Write about those things that have given you pleasure and place them in the proper spot in your timeline. Here are some areas to consider:
• The toys and games you enjoyed as a youngster (or adult!)
• Your favorite vacations. What made them special?
• Your favorite radio or TV shows. Which ones did you watch faithfully?
• Your favorite music. Dick Clark has said that “music is the soundtrack of your life.” Are you more “South Pacific” or “Hair?”
• Favorite holidays or family occasions. What did you do on snow days?
• What books did you read because you really wanted to?
• Your best date
• What’s the most fun you’ve had as an individual? In a group?
• What’s your favorite “guilty pleasure?”
Monday: Your spare time
This is Lesson No. 14 of a mini-course on how to write a personal history. The course will continue throughout May, which is Personal History Month. To get future lessons delivered to you, you may subscribe to our RSS feed or get e-mail delivery to your inbox. It’s easy. Details can be found in the column to the left of this post.
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