Lately we’ve been enjoying the phenomenon of succinct self-expression. A friend turned us on to SMITH Magazine and the six-word memoir revolution they’ve started, which reminded us of Studio 360’s one-line obituary challenge. (Sally’s one-line obit: “Sally Schneider, 107, Drowns in Surfing Mishap”.) Before both of these there was PostSecret, where folks anonymously share secrets that fit on the back of a post card. We live in a world where more and more people have the space online to tell their stories; sometimes you can say a lot with quite a little.
We thought that this would be a perfect way to officially introduce Sarah M., who has been helping out behind the scenes here for a few months but recently started writing posts as well. We asked Sarah to write her own six-word memoir, seen above, inspired by the idea of an improvised life. Sarah says, “I’m someone who is extremely taken with a lot of the ideas featured on ‘the improvised life,’ but sometimes have to push through old anxieties and fears to put them into practice. That tension is where my six-word memoir comes from.”
What are your six-word memoirs? Tweet-length obituaries? Anonymous secrets?