It’s a compilation of life stories filtered down to only six words and it’s amazing. It’s based on a website that SMITH magazine launched in November 2006 and now has over 800,000 memoirs listed.
The intro to this book has the best six-word memoir I’ve ever heard, indicating a legend that Ernest Hemingway accepted a challenge to write a story in six words. He came up with:
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Oh. My. Gosh. That is powerful and sad and it really is an entire story in a few words, isn’t it?
I have given it a lot of thought over the years since I read this compilation. It took a few iterations, but I finally came up with my memoir:
“Human, but surrounded by the best.”
That’s what I would say about my life. What would you say?