On the cusp of 70, I’ve been advised to get my memories in order. Friends and family say: Now is the time to write your life story for your heirs and for your legacy. But is this really necessary in our self-indulgent social media era? Do I have to formally record the roadmap of my existence? Though it’s not been without its share of memorable experiences and, I hope, redeeming virtues, my life has hardly been a compelling adventure. I’ve plodded along, trying to do the right thing, to be a good guy, checking off life’s boxes and not causing too much trouble. Hardly the stuff of dramatic narrative.
But if I were to chronicle my time on God’s green earth, what form should it take? A glorified resume, a full-blown biography or a bittersweet memoir? Several of my novels contain extended autobiographical passages. Why not let it go at that? Fictional accounts have been employed for centuries by a pantheon of famous authors, and they should certainly be appropriate for me—a scribe of minimal recognition. Yet this approach feels incomplete and more than a bit presumptuous: “If you want to know me, just read my books and decipher the meaning behind those poignant passages.”
I may have found a solution to my quandary. A few years ago, I wrote and recorded a series of weekly YouTube audio episodes entitled: “Give Me Two Minutes, And I’ll Tell You a Story.” These tales probably reveal more about who Mark Massé is, was and how he will be remembered better than a more formal tome. These life scripts are organized in six thematic categories:
#1: Diversions, Deceptions & Fools Gold (The Joke’s on Me)
#2: Mentors, Pals and Madmen (A Memorable Cast of Characters)
#3: My Wonder Years (The Black Hole of Reminiscence)
#4: Notes of a Nomadic Son (Restoring Order with Imagination)
#5: At the Crossroads (Risk and Reward)
#6: Lessons Learned (Taking Stock)
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