Publishing a memoir is one way to create a record of your life that lives on after you die. For many people, that’s the main motivation for writing one. Now consider this: you’re also creating a record, and possibly a less deliberate one, if you’re involved with social media. Every time you update your Facebook status or issue a tweet on Twitter, you’re leaving a written account of a piece of your life. Emails contribute to this, too.
Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of mashable.com, takes a closer look at the possibilities of the digital afterlife on a ted.com post. He speculates that people who miss you ultimately may be able interact with a hologram of you that communicates thoughts developed through a computer-generated guess at what you might say next based on what you’ve posted and tweeted in the past.
By that time, of course, it will all be out of your control. Such futuristic possibilities provide an even more compelling reason to write a memoir that you craft with purpose. Your own written account of your life will stand as a sort of “last word” on what you wanted to say and, ultimately, how you wanted to be remembered. It trumps a tweet that you may have issued in an emotional moment. So continue writing your memoir! Still, it’s interesting to contemplate what else will represent your life in years to come.