25 Life Events That Can Cause Dramatic Change in Your Life:

How did what happened change you?

Carolyn V. Hamilton
2 min readFeb 13, 2022
A girl walking alone carrying a small suitcase on a straight dirt road leading through an infinity landscape.
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It’s always been a given in fiction writing that the main character must experience some form of change by the end of the book.

So what does this have to do with the memoir you’re writing?

Personal experience leads to lessons learned.

Here are 25 life events that can cause dramatic change in your life:

1. Moving to a new city

2. Death of one or both parents

3. Travel to a foreign country

4. Abuse, physical and/or emotional

5. Falling in love (and getting married)

6. A near-death experience

7. Catastrophic illness

8. Divorce

9. Having children

10. Fire

11. Major surgery

12. Graduating from college or university

13. Getting your “dream job”

14. Getting fired

15. Death of a child

16. Rape

17. War



Carolyn V. Hamilton

Author, artist & adventuress with 3 decades in the real world of “Mad Men". She helps authors write and market their memoirs of life journeys and challenges.