I would never call myself a philosopher, certainly not in the academic sense. However, I qualify as per the original meaning of the word in Greek, that is, someone who loves wisdom.
I like to observe, question, and ponder: why do people do what they do? I am on a quest to discover what a life well-lived looks like - and to live it. I am equally intrigued to know what life looks like when we don't live it well.
These are just two reasons why I love to read memoirs.
I read with intent. I read to learn about others and how they lived their lives. I read to know about eras, events, and environments different from my own. I read for answers to my life questions. I read to glean something, one thing that I didn’t know before.
And it isn’t only the memoirs with drama and heartache that teach us about life. Light-hearted and funny memoirs also provide answers to those universal life questions. The way I see it, irrespective of who we are, we are all trying to find our way in life.
It’s your turn.
Why do you read memoirs?