In my family writing workshops (an offshoot of one of my small businesses), I often mention the importance of writing about the people in our lives who will be forgotten if we don’t do something about it.
I consider my aunt, who was divorced and had no children, my uncle who was a bachelor, my brother who died young, and two other aunts and uncles who had no children.
Who in our family will remember them if I don’t write their stories, collect their memorabilia, and pass this along to my family?
I thought of this again when I read the following in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: “His life [the main character's father] was unrecorded; who is there to write down the lives of ordinary people?”
Yes, he is a fictional character in a book, but Mma Ramotswe does write about him and how he helped shape her life and made it possible for her to establish her detective agency.
Are you recording the lives of the people in your life? Not necessarily for publication, but for your family.
Now can you think a step further and consider developing this into a business whereby you can do it for other people or at least help them?