We’ve all had a few hard landings.
Usually, those seem to arrive just when we thought we had things alllll figured out. You know. Just when we were absolutely, positive certain this was the right direction, or the right person, or the right job.
That’s when Life steps in to slap us upside the head with a can’t-miss message to the contrary.
It isn’t the falling down part that’s so hard. Sure, it’s painful. But it’s the getting up again part that’s the real challenge.
It’s also great grist for the memoir mill! How did you put that awful falling-down experience behind you and go on? What helped you to get back in harmony with whatever it was that threw you, whether it was a bicycle or a job or a relationship?
Ah, those are the stories worth sharing with generations to come!
3 Writing Prompts for Your Memoir:
* When did life slap YOU upside the head with a can’t-miss message that you were off on absolutely the wrong track? Did you get any warning tickles ahead of time? Or was it a “bolt from the blue” that finally managed to get your attention?
* Describe that “hard landing.” Where were you; what happened; what bodily sensations or emotions do you remember most?
* How did you manage that most difficult step of all, getting back on your feet again? What self-talk did you use that proved helpful? Did someone share advice that put things in perspective? How was your life direction altered as a result – and what was good about that shift? What take-aways did you learn that might help someone else navigating the same rough landing?