Family stories and sharing weird memories can be a great way to bond and create memories with your children. You might not think of them as “stories” as you would read in a book, but they are just as valuable! In this blog post, we will go over how to use the Legacy Storytelling method and share Weird Memories from our own lives.
Week 45 of 52 Weeks of Storytelling — Weirdest Memory
Memoirists like to talk about the importance of memory. They say that memories are what make us who we are, and our experiences define us. But they never mention weird memories- those strange snippets of the past…
Are you thinking about your own weird memories? We bet you have some! Well, if not yet, keep reading because here is all about sharing them with others. Let's start today by telling a few stories to each other! Ready? Okay then… let's go!
Why share your Weirdest Memory?
Memories are a funny thing. They can be the most beautiful, precious things in life when they make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. But sometimes memories can also bring up some of your weirdest or saddest moments. So why would anyone want to share their memory with strangers on the internet? Well, we'll tell you…
Sharing your story can inspire someone else to share theirs. There's no need to feel embarrassed about sharing your story — it might be the thing that helps someone else write their memoirs. Share a few sentences of what happened and why you think it was so weird. It's all about sharing, so other people will have a better idea of what to share with you.
Writing Weird Memories
For many people who have experienced difficult events in their lives, sharing these very personal stories is an important way of coping with them. It's cathartic to know that there are others out there going through similar experiences and feeling just as lost as you do about what happened to them.
These stories give us a sense of connection — we're not alone in our struggles or sadness from our pasts because we can relate to each other. Weird memories and difficult events from our pasts should not be hidden away — we need to share them with others so that they don't keep us stuck in the past.
What makes a memory weird?
What makes a Weird Memory? As you might already know, your weirdest memory could be anything – something that sticks out in your mind and makes you think, “What…?” Weird memories can be about something strange or unusual; they could also be a memory from when we were children. Weird moments don't have to cause us emotional pain — just any odd thing that stands out in our minds is enough for this week's exercise!
Here are some prompts to start a conversation about your weirdest memories:
- Do you have a weird memory? What is it?
- Who was with you (if anyone)? Siblings, friends, parents etc.
- How does this memory make you feel?
- Why is this memory important to you?
That is a little about our weekly writing prompt and some things you can think about. You can use any other prompt you'd like, and think of these prompts as guidelines. If you have the printed pages or printed journals, feel free to write whatever you'd like in them and cross things out. They are yours!
Sharing your memories with others is a powerful way to connect and bond. It's also an excellent way for you to get in touch with yourself, explore the world around you, and learn more about who you are. Your weirdest memory may not be so “weird” when it comes from someone else’s perspective. So why not share yours?
We invite you to join us on our 52-week storytelling journey by signing up here or following along each week on our social platforms — we're looking forward to hearing all of your stories!
And if anyone needs help telling their story, please feel free to reach out—our team would love nothing more than helping them tell theirs in creative ways that allow people to connect and share in their experiences. We're all here to help each other through sharing our memories, after all! Happy Writing!