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One Life… Six Words

May 12, 2009

wordsAsk any youngster and they’ll show you how you can say a lot with just a few words. My son for example, regularly receives single word text messages such as, ‘Wassup?’ which I’m assured, is a loose translation of, ‘How are you, what are you doing?’
Being succinct is one thing, but how about telling your whole life story in only six words? Impossible you may think… but this is the premise of a book called, “Not Quite What I Was Planning.”

It started when the book’s originator, SMITH online magazine, asked their readers for their own six word memoirs. The magazine was inundated with entries – from famous writers to first time story tellers, all sharing their lives in six words.

Take a look here : http://www.vimeo.com/335019

‘Everyone who loved me is dead’, and  ‘Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends’ are just a couple of examples of how six short words can express so much emotion and experience.

Along with the angry and the bittersweet there’s also the inspirational, the motivational and the downright funny – here’s a selection:

‘Any chance I could start again?’
‘Ditched the map, found better route.’
‘I like big butts, can’t lie.’
‘Born London, lived elsewhere, died inside.’
‘Wasted my whole life getting comfortable.’
‘Married childhood sweetheart. Two kids. Content.’

If you fancy giving it a go, stick to the advice of the editors and try not to think too hard. You might even submit your own at http://www.smithmag.net/sixwords/ …. or how about sharing yours here?

If my own attempts (straight off the top of my head, I might add) are anything to go by … ‘Inside mature woman lurks irrepressible adolescent’ and ‘Someone else waiting to get out’ the results are quite revealing and say more than an autobiography ever could!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2009 3:30 pm

    Here’s mine:

    “Still hot…just in flashes now!”

    • midlifematters permalink*
      May 12, 2009 4:01 pm

      ‘Still hot’ is the important bit, Beverly!

  2. May 19, 2009 3:44 pm

    Wonderful-am not witty and will have to ponder my six!

    • midlifematters permalink*
      May 19, 2009 4:43 pm

      Try not to think too long and hard, is my advice – I was amazed at just how revealing the ones which came straight off the top of my head were! Be warned, this can become addictive! (6 words) Started writing only six word sentences. ….. see what I mean!

  3. Ros permalink
    December 10, 2010 11:36 am

    ‘Fortune has been kind to me’
    You’re right – it’s very interesting what pops out when you don’t think too hard about it!

    • midlifematters permalink*
      December 10, 2010 2:00 pm

      Isn’t it just! …. and how lovely are your 6 words?

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