Excellent advice, Lindsay. The story about your friend asking you to describe what happened to you in Africa in one sentence reminded me of a prompt I came across years ago. I think it may have been through Oprah or her magazine, but I have what I believe is the original prompt here:
How would you describe your life in 7 words?
No more, no less, 7 words, your life. See a few examples There are 16 written responses to this assignment. Wandering…
Describe your life in 7 words. I was inspired and wrote this in a blog I was keeping at the time:
Learning to live my life in reverse.
You see, I chose not to have children — never had the desire, my biological clock didn’t tick or tock. When I was 49, I helped a runaway teenage girl, originally from Honduras, and soon adopted her. I started my family at 49 years of age.
My daughter would marry, produce a son and a daughter, get divorced, and return home. In my mid-50’s, I started raising my grandchildren. The raising of children is an activity most people do in their 20’s and 30’s but I started parenting a baby and a toddler when I was 56.
As my friends were experiencing empty nests, I was experiencing a very crowded and bustling nest.
See, I was learning to live life in reverse!