in six words

I am currently teaching a roundtable narrative course (1 hr. a week) for minority scholars. Our first assignment is to create a six-word memoir. The concept, created and made famous by SMITH magazine is based on cutting to chase, boiling things down. To me, it forces a kind of rawness to the word choices, since you don't have the space to embellish or explain; it just is. I've been trying to think of my own six-words and it's incredibly difficult because the first one that came to mind is terribly sad and I feel as though I've given so much space in my life to it: At 13, discovered monsters were real.

It feels almost cliché now and much more victimized and tragic than I want to come across. Besides, aren't I more than that moment in time? Have I allowed it to define me so completely that nothing else comes to mind when asked about my life. I have had other experiences: I lived in Europe; I fell in love. I fell out of love; I wrote poetry and drank vodka and shouted out my heart. I put up defenses, became icy and scared. I fell in love again and began to understand my own misery. I started opening up, being vulnerable, taking risks. I laid myself bare and wrote a dissertation and got a tenure-track job and that's my life. I have amazing friends and a more amazing girl who loves me despite my insanity and eccentricities and meanness. How do I say all of that in six words?

I don't want it to be just words on a page. It should be risky and openhearted and real. I want it to resonate the way I hear a song and just feel it so completely. And I dunno; things I write are falling flat.

Any ideas?