Here’s a career you don’t often see touted at high school career days: Professional personal historian.
I’ve known of companies and non-profits who hire a historian to document their feats of derring-do, but this is the first I’ve heard of a personal historian. Dan Curtis appears to be trying to make a career out of it.
It’s counterintuitive, but it might work. As lawyers, we see a lot of people who would rather hide their histories than have them known more broadly. But in the public relations game, we see professionals helping to polish the image and the stories of organizations and people. Why not do it for yourself?
Perhaps, with professional help, you can find the narrative of your own history that will give you the hope, tenacity and guts to change your life for the better?
Seriously, check out the guy’s site. He proposes several solutions for problems we have all faced — capturing history from terminally ill relatives, will-making, resolving end-of-life concerns, and simply recording the family history for posterity.