A map directs you to where you are going. But you have to know your destination, and where you are currently located, for maps to be of any use at all. While I was researching another topic, I learned that people use maps for more than just navigating mountains and deserts, bridges and highways. People use them to navigate life—to pinpoint location, foresee destination, and plan the route between.
Being intrigued by such a use of maps, I, of course, immediately looked for a book on how to map the past, present, and future.
I was surprised that several books have been written on exploring and navigating your life with maps. Drawn to this twist on cartography, I plan to read a couple. My public library even carries some of these books, so this use of maps is evidently not obscure. Others have been using life mapping for years.
Here are three titles:
- Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking
- You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination [click to read an excerpt from this book (Duke Magazine)]
- Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer [click to read some quotes from this book]
Have you read any of these books? Crafted any maps for yourself or your firm? Helped your clients to craft maps? Followed your own maps, personal or professional? Gotten lost?