one must believe that private dilemmas are, if deeply examined, universal, and so, if expressed, have a human value beyond the private, and one must also believe in the vehicle for expressing them
there is a unified self and that the pronoun "I" is a word which should be given back to people, who need it, but deepened.
I write very personal poems but I hope that they will become the central theme to someone else's private life.
"the personal time that the body always needs to create its own foundation [...] the time that is needed to be able to narrate oneself"
—Pascal Gielen, Situational Aesthetics
Speaking in the first person singular, talking about the third person plural. Always saying I, meaning we.
...in turning the encounter into an essay, I had affirmed my capacity to think, judge, speak, decide, and maybe thereby to make myself.
Memoirs at their most conventional are stories of overcoming, arcs of eventual triumph, personal problems to be taken care of by personal evolution and resolve.