Everyone has a memoir in them just dying to get out. The memoir has never been easier to write and distribute. Personal computers with word processing capabilities, self-published print and electronic book options, blogging, and so forth all can be used very effectively to get your life story written and available to the world to read. As so many life span developmental psychologists have well researched and articulated, we all get to an age and stage in life where we like to reflect upon on our life path and journey, reminisce a bit, and develop thoughtful insights and wisdom about life that we’d like to share with others. I have worked with many middle aged and elderly people in my clinical practice over the years and so many of them have expressed their deep desire to write an autobiography or memoir to share their life stories with others.
Yet, what might be a very hard pill to swallow is the fact that so often others really don’t want to hear your story! While many people might want to tell their story so few people actually want to listen to it or read it. Certainly many folks might be interested in the life stories of famous celebrities, high level politicians like U.S. Presidents, and athletic stars. But few are interested in the life stories of the average person or even the average relative. In an increasingly narcissistic culture, most people are interested in their own stories but not those of others. The cry seems to be, "Why bother reading this if it has nothing to do with me?"