Quote from the opening of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens:
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.
What does it mean exactly when he wrote "to begin my life with the beginning of my life"? Is it that David was beginning to write about his life like a biography (therefore "I" record ...) starting from the very beginning? Does it have anything to do with "my own life" in the very first sentence?
I could not find any resources analysing the book in detail while trying to look into the style of Dickens. I am not a native speaker of English and might be lacking in background. Thank you in advance for your help.