Most of us have read Going… Going… by Jack Weaver, Just Kids by Patti Smith, and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Yes, these are all memoirs. What’s so special about memoirs? Essentially, a memoir is a collection of memories typically in narrative form. This makes visible and weaves together the connecting threads of events experienced by authors. This is a gritty narrative that may not fit together perfectly because life doesn’t, either. A memoir pulls events from the author’s life to shape them into a story that communicates to your perspective or truth to others.
However, this is so much more than an essay; this delves into an individual’s experience searching for something. The authors of these memoirs give meaning to every challenge and struggles they have faced. How it originates from true-life stories makes it powerful and touches the hearts of many. These memoirs allow you to peek into the life of someone else, someone you might admire, someone who might empower you, or someone who dealt with struggles in life and came out victorious.
The more memoirs you read, the more lessons you learn, and the more you learn about yourself. However, to convince you more about reading memoirs, below are more benefits of reading titles under this genre.
Life, as you know it now, maybe complicated and challenging. And then enters someone who tells you that “This too shall pass.” You might feel angered by their words. This might irritate you even as you feel as though they do not know what you’re going through. This is what a memoir is. Some of these memoir authors have struggled in ways that you cannot even fathom, and they bring you back to the reality that life is not so bad. They share stories and insights of what they’ve been through and convey to readers that everything will resolve in the end. For example, the memoir, Going… Going…, is a couple’s journey along the trail of Alzheimer’s. This was told in the husband’s perspective, reflecting on his wife’s condition and their love, lies, hopes, fears, and faith. Such topics offer you a new perspective on dealing with something incurable. Memoirs invite you to step into a life and experience that are not yours.
Reading a memoir is the best way to immerse yourself in a new perspective that existed. This a medium that will help you understand and empathize with another person. This is the type of literature that helps you understand another and each other a lot better. When you are in the aspect of your life where you are confused, memoirs provide you insights into how other people think and feel, inspiring you to push through in life.
Some authors share their stories to overcome shame and privacy. Some memories even evoke the emotion of shame, which will convince anyone to lock them away, never revealing them. These authors will inspire you to take courage and share such memories with the world.
Memoirs open bridges to connecting one person to another person whether you know each other or not. It has the power to bring people together and unearth our mutual humanity in a way that other channels fail to do. This can provide the benefit of better emotional well-being and identity achievement to you. Also, a memoir has the power to connect you to something beyond yourself. You being able to relate tzzo the author and their situation gives you that sense of connectedness. Moreover, it brings you comfort to know that others have thought the same things and made the same observations as you.
It can truly be empowering for authors to share their stories with others. But, it can also be empowering to readers. Why? Because when you found someone who experienced the same situation as you and came out victorious will genuinely empower you to keep moving. Some authors went through the most traumatizing situations in their life. They can be traumatized soldiers, severely depressed people, or victims of abuse. Their stories will encourage you to be strong and be successful despite it all. As these authors recall their triumphs, this builds a path for more victories to follow in life, specifically in your life.