Today is Day 26 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.
Y is for Yesterday
When I think of my yesterdays, I think of two quotes that point to two aspects of one’s yesterdays:
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein
Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Bill Keane
Yes, yesterday is the past, but we do need to learn from it.
When I turned 65 in January (just writing that makes me feel old), I decided that I would start writing a memoir by recording my memories.
I had read Natalie Goldberg’s Old Friend From Far Away and was very taken with her book about writing memoir. Throughout, she shared her own memories/stories and provided 10 minute exercise to prod our memories and get our stories down.
As she said in the intro:
Write down who you were, who you are and what you remember.
I really like that notion of growth – who we were and who we are now.
Her first exercise was to just pick up a “fast” pen and write for 10 minutes, using one of several sentence starters:
I am looking at…
I am thinking of…
And then, to do this several times.
Over the past month or so I have been using the last sentence starter and have created a long list of things I remember. Some I have expanded – some even for this year’s SOL. I am always amazed at what I unearthed.
But at times, the memories are so faint or even non-existent, it scares me. I want to remember and I want to learn.
I aim to keep turning to Goldberg’s book for inspiration as I continue to write about my yesterdays.