Examine Your Lifeline

Mon, June 22, 2020 by Jessica

Examine your Lifeline

As you get older, it’s natural to look back on your life and reflect upon it.

Sometimes this may just be a jumble of related and unrelated memories that come up while you are, say, sitting near the window looking out at the world.

What about a different way of reflecting on your life, one that might be fun, provide insight, and take you a little way into new territory?

Here’s what to do.

Get hold of a large, blank, sheet of paper. Or stick several smaller pieces together.

Starting on the left, draw a wiggly, looping, interesting line that meanders across the page until it ends on the right-hand side. Label the left-hand end ‘Birth’ and the right-hand end ‘Now’.

This is the course of your life. Your lifeline.

Now add to the picture in any way that has meaning for you.

You could write in details at the right place on the line: ‘born in Whitby, 1949,’ ‘moved to Lower Peover aged 7,’ ‘met my best friend Agnes when we were 11’

You could draw in features: the house you lived in when you got married, your favourite bicycle, the tree under which you first realised you were going to be an adult one day…

You could add some colourful landscapes that reflect the mood of the time:  my dad died when I was in my 30s – I managed but it was a grey and gloomy time; this was the time when I had money in my pocket and no responsibilities – it was like the sun was shining every day; this was when we were living in Warrington because of work – I didn’t like it and it felt like being trapped in a swamp.

Take your time over this. And do it in your own way. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. It’s your life, you can describe it in your way.

After you’re done, take a look at it, and reflect upon it. Maybe you can see patterns now that you weren’t aware of before. 

Maybe take a photo of your creation. Maybe share it with your family. 

Or share it with Settle Stories!

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