2 thoughts on “The Importance of Keeping A Notebook

  • May 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I completely agree! I try to write in a journal often, but keeping a daily diary has always been a difficult task for me. A lot of my old entries start with, “Dear Diary, Sorry I haven’t written to you in a while…” It’s very interesting to read things I’ve written in the past & sometimes I’m shocked by the words I used. I may think, “I remember this event but I didn’t remember that this is how I felt when it happened.” or “I didn’t know I was tired & sick when I wrote about that weekend.” That makes me think & fear that all the feelings I have now won’t even really exist in the future unless I record them to read later. I hope I can begin writing more often about myself & the life that I’m struggling to live happily. Thank you for this article.
    -sallynoel

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  • May 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I have gone back and forth on writing a journal – some record of how I see the world in the moment.

    A couple of years ago – I found notes written at a time when – it was clear – I was profoundly depressed and very much isolated – not physically at the time but emotionally. I’ve also come across observations made when I was traveling by myself in my 20’s. The latter – where my focus was outside, on my new experiences, good and bad, was fun to see; the former was dismaying. I ended up ceremonially burning the distressing pages. I’d rather remember some of those times as if they really were entirely past. Would it have served me to keep them? If I was a writer, would it be helpful to have those unfiltered expressions? Maybe. But – for myself – I felt better “freeing” myself symbolically.

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