When considering whether or not to tell or write your life story, you may wonder why you should put in the effort. Documenting an entire life story can be a lot of work. It is a daunting task. You may wonder, “What is the point in all of this?” or “Why does my story matter?” For some people, the answers to these questions come easily. The reasons to tell their life story are personal and ingrained in who they are. For others, the answers might not be quite so obvious. Recording your life story seems like a lot of work, and you may worry that no one will appreciate the time and effort. Chances are that you may fall somewhere between the two extremes. You may feel that you should write about your life, but are not sure why you feel that way.
You are not alone. It is important to acknowledge that your story is part of a bigger picture. Storytelling has been a part of humanity since ancient times, and it provides an outlook into the future. Since man first walked on this Earth, stories have been told to relay values, life lessons, happiness… the list goes on. Your story has been shaped by your motivations, emotions, imagination and your experiences, just like the stories that came before yours. Stories are what connect us to our humanity. Your story has been a part of you from your first breath, and we encourage you to share your experiences, so that it becomes part of our story, your family’s story - a life story.The most important reason your story matters is just that it matters to the people around you. Stories have a beginning, middle and an end, but the loved ones in your life have not spent all of the stages with you – we encourage you to share your story so that they can become a part of the stages they were not there for and more.
We believe that people do truly care about their family history. People are drawn to stories that they can relate to or connect with – what better story to hear than those from the people you love or are related to? People care more now than they have in the past. We found the numbers to prove it. The Ancestry Global Family History Report interviewed over 6,000 people in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and Germany. The interviews revealed that two thirds of people feel it has become more important than ever to know their family history. After reading or learning about family members, 55% of young people were inspired to talk with family members to learn more.
It is also important to note that stories are told for a reason. From cave drawings to the dinner table, stories have been told to entertain, to teach, to share, to inspire and to express. While the internet has certainly changed how we share and access information, the reasons for sharing this information remain the same. The passing of knowledge from generation to generation remains the foundation of family history. Learning about ancestry benefits personal growth and strengthens ties within families. The benefits are immense. Let’s look at the numbers:
- 67% of people feel that knowing their family history has made them a wiser person.
- 77% of people say it helped them understand who they are.
- 66% of people say it has given them more pride in who they are.
- 46% of people felt it had inspired them to be a better person.
- 72% say it has helped them to be closer to older relatives.
- 50% say it has helped them to be closer to younger relatives.
People pass on their values and lessons with storytelling. It shows where a person came from and where they are heading. These stories not only have the ability to give individuals insight into who they are and strengthen their self-identity, but they can also lead to stronger bonds and relationships with living relatives.
Basically, your story is meaningful. If just one person heard your story, you would share humanity, so share that with your loved ones. Leave your mark on the world by sharing what has shaped your life experience. The impact of sharing your words and experiences is immense. Your life story matters—to you and everyone around you.
We cannot think of a reason not to tell your life story, can you? For inspiration on making your story stand out, read How Do I Make my Life Story Stand Out?
Want to learn more? Check out the Ancestry Global Family History Report.
The Story Of Life (TSOLife) is revolutionizing how we record stories and present our legacy to future generations. We empower you to document your own history through our TSOLife web platform, allowing you to be remembered the way you want to be remembered. On TSOLife's beautifully simple and integrative platform, stories, videos, photos, and memories can be securely preserved. Start writing tomorrow’s history today.