If you ever for a moment feel bored with your existence, you need to start reading more biographies and autobiographies.
Humans have a breadth of potential beyond what you can appreciate day to day. Through the stories of others, you get to see see that your way of living isn’t the only one that’s possible. Besides biographies, few things have made me more grateful for my life, or more inspired to try new ways of living.
Often gratitude – for your own life – and longing – for something bigger – go hand in hand when you read about someone who survived a North Vietnamese prison or participated in the liberation of Holland or adventured across Australia or faced her troubled heritage or brought healing to a family.
Biographies put your struggles in perspective. And they remind you that you, as a human, share the same nature that makes surviving and thriving possible in thousands of other walks of life. A wider capacity means, after all, a wider world.
Don’t want to work in finance anymore? Start reading biographies. You might realize that you could easily become a surfer, a filmmaker, and a chef. Feeling hemmed in by place? The world’s biographies will show you how people just like you lived in Greenland, Tanzania, and Galapagos.
Everyone has a story – and we live in a world with technology and access that makes telling those stories easier than ever. Pay attention to those new stories, and you’ll find your world wider than ever.