The (Abridged) Story of My Life

I remember when I was younger – grade school age, teenage, on into twenties and likely beyond – that when I made a new friend or started dating somebody, I would tell them The Story of My Life, and they would tell me theirs.

I’m not sure when I stopped doing that. I just realized one day that I no longer was telling a linear narrative. It didn’t seem all that important and there was too much to tell. Further, by this point, there are things that have happened in my life that I am sick of talking about. I’ve talked about them enough for one lifetime.

I’m not sure how to present this to people in the future. I wish I could just hand them a pamphlet. “You’ll find the highlights and the stuff I’m sick to death of in there. Hope that’s not a problem.”

22 thoughts on “The (Abridged) Story of My Life

  1. Deb

    Or perhaps if you feel adventurous you could simply make something up…although you might want to defer the make believe version to those newcomers you don’t anticipate a long-term relationship with.

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  2. John Callaghan

    I’m in the exact same spot as you in many ways. I no longer tell people my history or life story and that is partly why I started a blog. I can meld the episodes of my life into stories and what not. But, like you, I have stuff in my life I just have no desire to talk about.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Yes, exactly. I like “cherry-picking” over my life to write posts for the blog. It’s actually made me realize I’ve had one. Some of my stories & back story are simply played out and like you say, John, I have no interest in rehashing them.

      And as always, I’m glad you chose blogging.

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  3. markbialczak

    Relating your story in short chapters, on a need-to-know basis, is good form as we get up there, Colette.

    The early comment also reminds me of a favorite “Seinfeld” episode, in which Jerry declares he’s no longer taking applications for new friends.

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