Structuring the memoir thematically
On the other hand, I’m also playing with the idea of taking the consequence of the fact that I’m beginning to discern a number of less overarching themes and motifs in my life, such as aesthetic preferences, political and religious ideas, emotional reactions, etc.
Hence, I’m playing with the idea of organizing the memoir text thematically instead of chronologically.
Some of these themes will be outlined here → (forthcoming)
Example: my introvert personality
After taking a few online psychological tests, I become convinced that I have a pretty introverted personality. I have learnt to hide it, however, and sometimes behave as if I were an extrovert:
“I like getting my energy from dealing with the ideas, pictures, memories, and reactions that are inside my head, in my inner world. I often prefer doing things alone or with one or two people I feel comfortable with. I take time to reflect so that I have a clear idea of what I’ll be doing when I decide to act. Ideas are almost solid things for me. Sometimes I like the idea of something better than the real thing“ (quoted from here).
This is probably why I prefer to continue my life-long habit of reading, thinking and writing—now about my life course, and about autobiography, memory, self-therapy, and graceful ageing—instead of just doing all thosefun extroverted activites that senior citizens are supposed to do together.