What’s it like to be an American right now at your age and in your stage of life?

PBS American Portrait is creating “a real-time, multimedia, self-made portrait of America” by assembling thousands of people’s answers to a series of thought-provoking prompts. Like “I was raised to believe…” and “What gets me out of bed in the morning is…” and “My American story started when….

Today, our partners at PBS American Portrait are asking for your replies to this prompt:

“At this point in my life…”

How would you complete the sentence? Does age or life stage define you? How are you using this time in your life to create a better future?

Submit your story today — in the form of a photo and written answer or a short video you can record on your phone (see tips below). 

Why not be a part of this fascinating, live, time capsule? As our partners at The OpEd Project say, “Whoever tells the story writes history.”

Let’s get to it!


  1. Visit PBS American Portrait.
  2. Choose the prompt, “At this point in my life…”
  3. Create a 20-60 second self-recorded video answering the prompt. There’s no need to introduce yourself on video, simply start recording with your selected prompt and then get right into your answer. OR, submit a photo or just a plain text story!
  4. Upload to the website – this will require you to register your email. Feel free to check out: 60 second How-To-Upload Video. NOTE: Do not email your video or send as an attachment. It must be uploaded to the platform (Chrome recommended over Safari). 
  5. You will receive a link to your story once you have uploaded it to the site. Feel free to share your story to your social media page/s and nominate a friend or family member whose answer you’d like to see!


Published July 10, 2020

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