Question: : If you could write a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you?
I am not sure I could write my life story let alone read it. However, assuming I could, I am not sure anyone would want to read it.
As a writer I know I put aspects of me into what I write, especially my poetry therefore I do not think it would be particularly therapeutic to write my life story. That would be the key reason to write it.
I believe I would leave huge chunks of stuff out as they are of no interest to anyone, not even me. Certainly I would write about my transition, but I already do. My PTSD however, I am not sure I could at this time write that to such a depth it would achieve anything. Would I write a kiss-n-tell of my love life, no, that will always be a private and personal thing and I do not even put that in my diary.
There is also the fact in a reveal all life story it would mean exposing other people’s lives. It is a paradox as there are people I care about and would not want to bring the anguish of revelation to but there are also those I would not care if it did or not.
This is actually a difficult one to answer in a few minutes of free-writing as it does involve some moral questions. At this time I have to say the answer is almost a solid no.
© JG Farmer 2015