Some of you might be considering the plunge into being a full time professional personal historian. I’ve been at this work for five years now and I thought it might be of help if I told you what I love about it. In my next post I’ll tell you the worst things about being a personal historian. But for now here’s the good stuff!
- You get to learn from people who have a lifetime of rich and fascinating stories.
- You have the opportunity to be involved with a supportive and creative group of fellow personal historians.
- You can spend a good amount of your work time at home. No commuting.
- You make a valuable contribution to the preservation of a family’s history.
- You are your own boss. You get to set the agenda.
- There’s plenty of opportunity for you to learn and grow professionally.
- Having clients reflect on their lives makes you more reflective.
- You have the great satisfaction that comes from watching the look of delight on the faces of your clients as they view, for the first time, their completed book or video.
- You are involved in work that is nurturing, peaceful, life enhancing, and soul satisfying.
- You make it possible for future generations to hear the voice and share in the wisdom of a long departed family member.
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