Writing a Memoir Makes You look at Things Differently
I could not have said it better myself.
"Writing a memoir makes you look at things differently" says actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who just completed a life story memoir book.
It is entitled: "Unfinished" and available on Amazon and other places for sale.
Priyanka shared her experience of working on the memoir and reconciling her past in the process.
“Ironically, I named this memoir years before I started writing it. Having been a public person now for 20 years, with so much life to live and a long list of things to check off my list personally and professionally, I am very much #Unfinished.
BUT the funny thing about writing a memoir is that it forces you to look at things differently, reconciling so many things you thought you had put to bed. In doing so I’ve realized that being “unfinished” has deeper meaning for me, and has in fact been one of the most common threads of my life,” she wrote.
“My parents taught me at a very young age to have courage of conviction, and I’ve never been ambivalent about this. I have always been guided by my curiosity, drive for challenge, and intrinsic need to constantly evolve and move forward. I have taken many leaps of faith, often times when I was advised not to…and even when I too was afraid. Some risks paid off, some didn’t (my life is not a fairytale, although I do hate to lose…c’est la vie), but what I learned during this process is that I have never shied away from change, or forced guilt on myself for leaving something unfinished if that’s what my evolution as an individual required,” she added (my own bold emphasis there).
“And so, while you’ll definitely learn about how I became me during the “in between” of what you haven’t seen, I also hope you’ll walk away with the confidence of knowing that IT’S OK to pick up, walk away, leave things unfinished, and move on to what’s next if that’s what your journey requires to get to the next destination. We all have a different story to tell, this is my story, and I am #Unfinished,” she concluded.
- - - Being a perfectionist, I understand some of that thinking. We tend to want to do things perfectly and very thoroughly, even when it is not realistic.
(I remember my mother telling me once to bring my level of quality and effort down to 80% ((from 100)). 80% is "way good enough" she said ((very probably a perfectionist herself)).
Thanks, mom. You were right.
The thing that Priyanka touches upon is this: Life story writing is a JOURNEY of self-discovery, healing and transformation which benefits the writer, their family/friends, and our society.
As a result of her writing, Priyanka understands herself better now, and she forgives herself - realizing that it is okay to not complete every single task she embarks on.
Congratulations Priyanka, for learning that, for learning about yourself, and for giving yourself a break when you need to.
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