The "Six Word Memoir" finds it's home on SMITH magazine's website, and the concept was recently posted again on author Ian Cron's blog. In a nutshell, the goal is to write the story of your life in six words. A pithy sentence or phrase or set of phrases that describes who you are, where you've been, and where you're going.
I've read some that are funny. Some that are heartbreaking. And some that are just plain weird. But the important part is, each is meaningful to the person who wrote it. Here are a few of my favorites:
Twenties? So hip. Fifties? Sore hips.
Bridesmaid twice. Bride never. Disappointed maybe.
Rollercoaster life means lots of vomit.
Middle class: Above poverty. Below dreams.
In his phone I am "sweetheart."
Someone wise once said, "I wrote a long book because I didn't have time to write a short one." The idea being, it's HARD to succinctly and yet sufficiently get a point across. But there is remarkable power in brevity. Less, in many cases, really is more. And seeing the story of your life in six short words can be very powerful indeed. It's worth the effort.
On this blog, I've written about struggling with perfectionism. I've written about my divorce. I've written about my ongoing journey of finding myself (and God) in the midst of it all. And while those things don't necessarily define me, they do tell my story pretty well. They give an accurate picture of the "arc" of my time here on earth thus far.
So, with that said, here is my "Six Word Memoir":
Faked perfection. Failed publicly. Finding perspective.