Your Legacy Biography is beginning to take serious shape and the next phase of your life starts to unfold with optimism, confusion, dreams and fears – let’s explore them. The transition from the carefree days of high school or real life challenges of high school is one that each of us has a unique connection with. It’s time to take a look at those days when dreams were still real, challenges were coming at us and the scary prospect of adulthood was rearing its head. It was time to start facing life while still clutching at the naivete of youth.young-adults

When you were in high school, did you dream of the perfect job? What was it?

Did any of your plans for the perfect future have to be changed due to academic, financial, health, family, major events or other situations?

What happened and how did it affect you?

After you finished high school, what did you do?

What were the various options open to you regarding, job, school, love, military, travel, etc?

If you proceeded to higher education, describe and name the school, the courses, your best memories and the effect this had on your life both then and now.

What did you do during your summers?

What academic level did you finally achieve?

What difficulties and challenges did you encounter along the way?

Did you have any special teachers, professors, bosses, friends or family who were a memorable influence on this part of your life?

When you think back on your schooling, was anything missing, was there something else you wish you had learned?

Real life began to intrude in those days – what did you learn in the school of hard knocks?

Real lessons also began to show up – lessons about your relationships, money, work – which lessons were learned easily?

Did you ever make some unwise decisions, oversleep, had a check come back, miss an important meeting or do something else that you would consider kind of dumb today?

It may be a mistake to live in regret but if you could make some changes in this phase of your life, what would they be?

Would you choose a different job, different academic path, different friends, different advice?

During that time did you feel in control of your life or were you simply going from day to day to the next “thing”, the next party, the next class, the next paycheck?

If you had a “do-over” what is the one major thing you would change about the decisions you made in your late teens, early twenties – or would you?

What was the major thing that happened during this transition phase that had the biggest impact on your life today?

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Creating a record of your personal history is an act of love for the future. I notice on Facebook postings a frequently recurring request for one more day with my Dad or Mom or brother or sister. I could add some aunts and uncles, maybe even cousins to that list. Many people would like one more day with a spouse and I would venture to say that “one more day” is not only to say “I love you,” but also to ask some questions, to reveal a little more about our loved one’s life. By now, I hope you realize that someday, someone will post or at least, think and wish the same thing about you.

high-school-1Let’s continue on with those infamous, incredible, informative, infuriating, innocent, inquiring, inquisitive and perhaps insane teen years:

What did you think you would be when you grew up?

Did you attend your high school prom, who with, what did you wear?

Where did you go after the prom?

If you didn’t attend the prom, did you celebrate in some other way?

Were you athletic and if so, what sports did you play?

Remember gym class? When teams were picked, were you picked first, in the middle or last? How did you feel about that?

Did you participate in any school groups, clubs, teams or other organizations?

Did you receive any special awards or recognition?

Were you involved in any outside-school activities and what was your involvement?

Do you remember your average grades and do you remember your worst subject, your best subject?

Describe a teacher that sticks out in your mind and why.

Did your family, friends, teachers expect you to do well?

How did you respond to the expectations of other people?

What expectations did you have of yourself regarding school?

Did you worry much about your future?

Did you worry much about going to post secondary school or getting a job?

Did you have any adult friends – describe the circumstances.

What was your opinion about drugs and alcohol?

Who taught you to drive and how. Do you remember the car you learned in? Any stories, good or bad, about that experience?

Were you allowed to drive the family car and under what conditions?

Did you know anyone in your school who died, had a serious accident or disease?

Were you close to them, describe what happened?

If you were talking to yourself as a teen, what would you say, what advice would you give yourself? What would you tell yourself about the future?

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Creating a personal biography does not need to be an onerous job. If you follow our step by step approach to filling in the blanks, you can create a legacy for your grandchildren that is unique, informative and fun. Perhaps you know someone in your family who should do the same thing, an aunt, uncle, grandparent or friend. If so, then why not share this template with them or better yet, print it out and help them to create their own personal story.

teenagers-1The teen years, politely known as adolescence, presented many challenges for all of us. Depending on the generation you come from, it could have included anything from “Woodstock” to a world war. Regardless of your personal time frame, it was a time of expanding horizons, the pull of maturity versus the carefree days of childhood. You challenged and questioned and wondered and yes, said and did some pretty dumb things. Let’s take a look at the defining moments in a time that was so instrumental in creating the rest of your life:

Where did you go to school, what were their names and addresses, are they still there?

How big was your high school graduating class – any memorable people in it?

Did your parents seem “old fashioned” what specifically challenged you about them?

Do you recall anything specific about your own “coming of age,” any rituals, religious ceremonies, trips, military or events that stand out? Expand on these.

Did you ever do something that you knew was wrong but did it anyway just to fit in? Do you know why and what do you think of it now?

Were you competitive?

Do you have any examples of being competitive, fearful or over confident?

Did you ever run for school office, enter some kind of competition, or challenge yourself to rise up to something new?

Did you have any self awareness about your appearance and how did you deal with it?

Did you compare yourself to your school friends and how did you rate yourself on appearance, intelligence and social skills?

Did you ever compare yourself to your friends on things like shaving, bra size, skin condition, weight, height, clothing, hairstyles?

How popular were you?

Who were your after school friends and what did you do?

Who sat with you during lunch?

Did you bring a lunch (who made it?) or did you buy lunch (and what was school food like?)

Are you still in touch with any high school friends – how have they changed and how are you in touch?

Did your parents approve of your choice of friends?

Did you have any crushes on school friends? who? do you know what they are doing now?

Did you have a crush on any teachers, movie stars, singers or other famous people?

What kind of music did you listen to? Can you name some groups, songs and did you ever attend any live concerts or dances where they played?

Name some of the songs, movies, TV shows that you remember from those years.

What was your first kiss like?

Describe your first date.

Did you go steady?

What was it like when you fell in love for the first time? Was your love returned? How long did it last?

What pressure did you feel personally or what pressure was put on you regarding sexual activity?

If you gave into those pressures, describe the experience and how you felt afterwards.

What was the most embarrassing moment that was a result of your physical maturation – what happened?

Well, that’s more than enough for today. The teen years were exciting, scary, full of laughter, joy, tears, anger, frustration, craziness, unbridled expectation, experimentation, curiosity, success and failure. You were learning how to deal with life without a guidebook or map to the future. We will continue in the next segment to explore what for many of us, were the most important years in our development as a person. Remember to share with others whose lives you would like to know about.