I spent the day today preparing my biography for an upcoming Commonweal cancer help program. We were tasked with writing our biographies. We could write as much or as little as we wanted. We could talk about any aspect of our lives.
It was an interesting reflection. I started at the end really. I wrote a long post on my other blog – a biography of sorts – autopathography – where I interwove quotes from Arthur Franks – The Wounded Storyteller.
I then created an outline of key events in my life. I shared the short story, which is really my long bio. I looked through our Going East blog for posts about our journey but also about our values. I search through my academic blog for some key reflections, and I search through this blog for others.
Through the process I didn’t really come up with a theme. The bio seems more of a disjointed connection of stories. I enjoyed the process, but also cannot spend any more time on it right now. I have work to do.
I’m not going to share the bio with anyone except the folks at commonweal, and maybe Scott if he is really nice to me :-). It is 29 pages and 13629 words.
I will, however, share with you this word cloud that results from the stories. It is rather jumbled which aligns quite well with how I’m currently feeling.