The last selection of our book club was “Not Quite What I Was Planning-Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure” published by Smith Magazine. It was a pretty neat read. Some of the memoirs were really funny, some were uplifting, some were sad, some were complicated. There were memoirs in there from well-known people, like Steve Carrell and Nora Ephron and also many by regular people.
The book inspired us as a book club to write our own six word memoir. I found this at first to be a bit daunting. Then mine just popped into my head, while I was reading the book. “Strive to be better at everything.” I really am always trying to do my very best and put out the most effort I can to improve in all areas. I often hear myself wishing I could do something better, or be a better X. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes it is a disaster, but really that is who I am right now. I recognize that my six word memoir is who I am right now. Not necessarily who I will be in 6 minutes, or 6 weeks, or 6 years.
The other thing that has come out of reading this book is after I say anything, I mentally count to see if it is 6 words. I have had many fun runner-ups to my six word memoir such as:
Mom is always cooking for someone.
I am reading leave me alone.
Must catch up on tv tonight.
Worry worry worry worry worry worry.
I could go on for days…