We’re all living in a book.
The book of our life contains arcs and chapters such as early years, teenage years, school, work, old age and many more.
It ends up being a damn long book if you ask me. And for this simple reason, we reach the end of our life having forgotten many parts of the earlier chapters.
Yet, our life became what it was because of the earlier chapters and it becomes complicated to understand our choices when we’re unaware of what we’ve gone through.
Whether those are good or bad times, in the end, we are all just the result of the actions we’ve taken in the past.
Remember all the actions you took
Why did you decide to study this? Why did you want to go out with that girl? Why did you struggle in that job? Why did you start smoking? What didn’t work in that relationship? The list goes on and on, with an infinite amount of questions at your disposal.
So many questions, so many answers, so many factors.
All of them combine together in one big facet of your life: your personality.
Your personality defines you
If you knew how you came to become who you are and why you took those actions, you would also realize the existence of patterns throughout your life.
Maybe whenever found with a difficult choice, you choose the easy route. Maybe you find yourself rather sad after each of those but forget about that feeling quickly and make the same choice later on.
Being aware of your patterns gives you control over those, thus putting the keys to changing your life in your hand.
Yet that’s such an inhuman amount of things to remember!
Of course, the most impactful aspects won’t be forgotten, but how are we supposed to remember the crucial but smaller decisions?
Only one thing can be kept forever
Writing is what has allowed us to know about History, going as far as the drawing in caves of cavemen indicating what they did.
Luckily, access to writing is much simpler now and we can easily get a piece of paper to write on or a computer or phone to type on.
That’s how you can finally start learning about yourself: with a diary.
Having a diary in which you write every single day provides you with the opportunity to understand your own mindset, to know the reason behind every important choice you made.
Every day is a slice of life which combines with the day before and will again with the day after, and again before, and again after.
Little by little those slices turn into chapters, with turn into their own arc and create a whole universe which makes sense: your life as an autobiography.
That choice you took yesterday which felt like a first was impacted by your past so you can now know how you evolved, appreciate it and grow further, staying true to yourself.
After all, staying true to oneself isn’t so easy when you don’t really know who you are, isn’t it?
Writing about your life won’t only allow you to understand yourself, it’ll allow you to become a better version, correcting bad choices made in the past and giving you a clear reason for your goals.
I know my own autobiography in its current state would be incredibly boring for the rest of the world. But I also know that thanks to it, I’m becoming a better Me and can work towards my goals while controlling my actions to stay true to myself.
How’s your autobiography coming along?