Are you familiar with StoryCorps, the syndicated public radio show in which one person interview another, solely for the sake of hearing their story? The questions posed by the interviewer are designed to draw out the interviewees in ways that allow for the sharing of a personal story that can be both cathartic for the interviewee and touching for the interviewer. During this time when we are feeling anxious, isolated, and uncertain, we can take a cue from StoryCorps and connect with those from our present or past . . . just for the sake of sharing and/or hearing a personal story. Here is a list of prompts they suggest to get you started:
Can you tell me about the person who has been kindest to you in your life?
Can you tell me about one of your happiest memories?
Can you tell me about one of your most difficult memories?
Can you tell me about someone who has had a big influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
What do you feel most grateful for in your life?
What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned in life?
What is your favorite memory of me?
What are you proudest of in your life?
Can you remember a time in your life when you felt most alone?
How has your life been different than what you’d imagined?
How would you like to be remembered?
Do you have any regrets?
What are your hopes for me? For my children?
If this was to be our very last conversation, is there anything you’d want to say to me?
For future generations of your family listening to this years from now: Is there any wisdom you’d want to pass on to them? What would you want them to know?
Is there anything that you’ve never told me but want to tell me now?
Are there things about me that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked?
Turn the tables: tell the person you’re interviewing what they’ve meant to you
Until next time, be safe and well.