Autobiography Cover

The Assignment-

This assignment really stood out to me. The details are as follows,

Design (using any programs you want) the cover of your autobiography. What pictures would you include? What would you title it?
Make sure it really shows off who you are what you want your audience to see in you by the cover.

Basically, one must take a picture, and add text which symbolizes their existence. Wow.

The Process-

The first step I took with this assignment was to think of a title. The one I chose was the product of some soul-searching a while back. Perhaps a year ago, I had to stop my seemingly busy life to figure out my purpose. I came up with the idea, “I want to save the world, by teaching people to save themselves.” I will elborate more on this in the section below. For this assignment, I took that quote and changed it around a bit.

Saving the world- One person at a time. I decided to find a picture of planet Earth to complement this idea, after an advanced image search on Flickr I found this one:

Original Picture: Earth Horizon  by DonkeyHotey through Creative Commons

After that it was a simple matter of adding the title. I decided on the font “Narkisim” which I found appealing.

The Story-

The thought of creating an autobiography is a very complex assignment which requires self-reflection and vision. How does one take a photo and one sentence to describe the very essence of their existence? This is the task I have set to accomplish with this assignment.

I have always had a sense of duty, nay, a need to help people. Call it altruistic, or kindness, whatever this may be has lead to the idea that 1) the world is suffering 2) there is a solution and 3) I am able to make a difference. But how can this be done? I have always wondered. Perhaps it is the reason for my chosen career path of international diplomacy. I want to bring peace and cooperation wherever I go. Even if it is not on the grand international scale, deep down, I want people around me to be happy.

This age in my life is truly the time where we set in stone the person we are going to be for the rest of our lives. Because of this,  I have spent many hours in self-reflection and deep thought, wondering what type of person I want to be. To aid me in this endeavor, over the ages I have looked to famous quotations. Here are a few that are guiding me now.

Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Hold a picture of yourself long and steadily enough in your mind’s eye, and you will be drawn toward it. Napoleon Hill

Saving the world one person at a time is a play on my original resolution to save the world by teaching people to save themselves. I strongly agree with leading by example. If I am a strong, well-centered individual, I feel that people around me will also work towards bettering themselves. In this way I teach people to save themselves, and if everyone could do the same we can make a difference in the heart of the world.

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2 comments on “Autobiography Cover

  1. lockmantuj says:

    This post provides another instance of why I love this ds106 class. You express powerful and important ideas with both clarity and depth.

    I only recently began to see value in and actively pursue self-reflection. Even in the short time I’ve been experimenting with it, I can the truth and value in the quote from Napoleon Hill you include.

    I’ve not seen this particular assignment done much before. I really like the way you used it move beyond the design aspect to relate the personal significance of the title of your autobiography.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. b3movement says:

    I am glad you are taking the effort for self-reflection. As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” It may seem hard at first but doing so will give us a strong sense of who we are, and how to positively lead our lives.
    The quote from Napoleon Hill is really strong for me as well. If we can keep an image of who we want to be in our minds, we will gravitate towards it and become that person. Of course, finding and understanding this image is where soul-searching comes in.

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