Your Life In Six Words

Do you remember Ernest Hemingway’s short, short story. For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.? At the Smith Magazine Larry Smith used Hemingway’s story as inspiration and asked his readers to describe their lives in six words. It was supposed to be a month long competition but now five years later it’s still going strong.

Oprah Magazine ran an article on the six word memoir this month and there were some great ones in there. My personal favourite was Trudy Love Tantalo, 60 who came up with Was hot. Raised kids. Lost cool. Although kudos also goes to Kimberly Kilroy, 53 with Still fit into high school earrings. There were some particularly poignant ones as well, Melinda Hui, 38 Abandoned at 5. Learning to thrive. While Melanie Barbour, 34 shared Stage IV cancer made me live.

How would you define your life in six words?

I’m struggling with the task so far I’ve come up with a few.

Forward thinker, attracts chaos, tries hard.


Always making do while dreaming big.


Laughing through the insanity of life.

Will have to give it some thought and come back later with a more refined final version. In the meantime, what have you got? Six words, your life, go ….


32 thoughts on “Your Life In Six Words

  1. Reblogged this on confluentkitchen and commented:
    I loved this post, and thought of my own.

    No More Living Life On Standby.

    I feel like, for the first time ever, this is true. I live where I want to live, with whom I want to life, WHERE I want to live. We do the things that we want to do. Life is coming together and I feel truly blessed.

  2. Start with these 6 for now … “Grateful, for all that I have.” … but like you, I’m sure there are plenty of other 6 word scenarios that could describe us all.

  3. Reblogged this on Three Descriptors and commented:
    What a fabulous exercise!
    I’m still trying to come up with my six word memoir. I’ll keep you updated as I work.
    What about you? Can you write a six word memoir? Care to share?

  4. Pingback: Six Word Memoir – an update « Three Descriptors

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