Creating Your Own Story
If you want to share an important personal story or life lesson
with a young person you care about (and that person has not asked
to interview you), consider writing out your story and giving or
sending it as a letter.
Make your story a gift to honor an
important birthday or transition in that person’s life. (If
he or she is too young to understand your story now, ask the
parent to present it at a future birthday.)
Your story and the life lessons it contains may be one of the most
valuable gifts that young person ever receives.
- If you have trouble with writing, ask a friend or family
member to help you.
- Begin and end by expressing your love,
caring and appreciation for the person you are writing.
ways to relate your story to issues she may face in
her own life.
- If you made mistakes, admit them. Young people
long for honesty from adults.
- Fill in some details of
sights, sounds, smells and tastes to make your story
- Share the value(s) that came into the world
as a result of your story and why those values are
- If possible, add photos of yourself as a
child and young adult so your reader can see you when
were closer to his age. (Be sure to keep
copies of everything
for yourself and other loved ones.)
- Have fun with it! Remembering
and writing down your story is a gift to you as well.