I first proposed this exercise on Facebook more than five years ago. It was so interesting then, I thought why not do it again? (Besides, with all our 140 character tweets the last three or four years, we’re getting better and better at “concise,” right?)
Here’s the deal: Summarize your life–but you can only use as many words as you’ve had years.* Meaning, if you’re 27, you get 27 words–no more, no less (do you like how quickly I did that advanced math?) Your words can be whole sentences or random phrases. You can choose all verbs or 100% nouns. Use whatever creative combination you want. But you only get one word for each and every year of your life.
I’m 55, so here’s my life in EXACTLY 55 words:
From North Louisiana to the Northshore
Real-life “Stand by Me”
Death comes home
Ambushed at Atakapa
Heartbreak and “the hot seat”
Learning Hebrew in Texas
Cindi from Indy!
Honeymoon in Hotlanta
Going back to college
Parenting “salad years”
Dark decade of the soul
Out of gas
I’d love to see a summary of your life!
*If it strikes you as unfair that older folks get more words, well, hey–we’ve lived longer and (at least theoretically) have more to summarize, right?