Memoirs

I recently read my Uncle’s memoirs. Don’t worry, I won’t be giving you a book review of Against The Grain by David Ramply as I don’t think it is, yet, available in all good book shops.

But when reading it, I did wonder if my generation will write them.

We’ve grown up in the social media generation so most life milestones are already documented – whether that’s drunken nights at university through images on Facebook or taking pride in our first job on LinkedIn. Do we really have the gaps in the recount to need a book to bring it all together?

We all know social media can be used to celebrate the highlights and maybe misses out some of the lowlights where a book can be reflective and bring out some more of the challenges we’ve faced along the way.

But then, if we write a memoir which is more about the challenge than the celebration is it something we’d take such pride in writing it? For some people, writing can become a way of coping but then it probably feels too personal to be something you want to share.

So this brings me back to the central challenge of what would my generation put in a memoir? Obviously, 2020 could probably be confined to one page, but what else would go in?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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