What will you remember of this chapter of your life?
Over at Q Ideas, Micheal Hickerson recently asked that question after reading Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs:
What if someone had asked Grant to write his memoirs in 1859? What would he have said about himself? A professional soldier with an undistinguished career, retired at 32, now trying to make it—and failing—at the simplest kinds of work. No one, especially not Grant himself, would have imagined that six years later, he would be celebrated by half the nation as the greatest of heroes (and hated by the other half as the greatest of villains). Or that ten years later, he would become the youngest elected President up to that point in American history.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. – Søren Kierkegaard