I am preparing for a conference next week, and one of the things I have to do is create a "life-line"--a timeline of my life, divided up in whatever way I wish...presumably divided by major events, turning points, or other demarcations that indicate a season of life.
I'm debating the best way to do that...
*do I want to mark my life by the places I've lived?
8-10 the farm
26-32 Crystal Lake
The divisions make sense, because I think I am influenced by the place where I am. There's something about my environment that matters to how I experience the world and go through life.
*Maybe I should divide by the things I've done at various times....
0-9 read, run from sheep, gymnastics
10-21 play the clarinet
19-32 church church and more church
It's a less clean demarcation, but it could work.
*I suspect some people use their school/work life as the defining experiences...
That would be a more interesting division if I had space to think about the overlaps (volunteering on Iona, changing academic foci, etc).
*I could have a really disturbing lifeline centered around boys. (because you know I define myself by my boyfriends, obv.) (that was sarcasm.)
0-19 none because dating wasn't allowed
*I could arrange my lifeline on my travel experiences...
14: Washington DC
16: Interlochen, MI
22: cross-country road trip extravaganza
24: Middle East Travel Seminar
25-6: Egypt, Palestine, Italy
29, 30, 31, 32: Caribbean/Bahamas
*Maybe by pets...
Tang and Rusty
Doris and Spot the goldfishes
probably not the most meaningful division ever.
*So...yeah. I really don't know. I think I'm being blocked by the fact that at this time of year, my life timeline has only two sections.
25-forever: no mom.
That before/after split is so noticeable in May, when every email subject line is about gifts for mom, every church discussion is about how to (or NOT, hopefully) address mother's day in worship, every advertisement my eyes fall on is mom-focused.
Pretty sure that's not the kind of timeline they're hoping I show up with....so I'll probably go with the places I've lived. Seems safer.
now to find a catchphrase, song, movie, or book to thematically describe each segment...