Tonight’s blog post is going to be about my journals. How many of you keep writer’s journals, or personal diaries?
I’ve kept them since I was about 10 years old, mainly as personal journals where I record my thoughts, feelings, desires, and fears. I also record the anger, dissatisfaction, and other things too ugly to keep locked away in my mind.
When something bothers me, if I don’t write it down, it continues to bother me. If I write it in my journal, all is better.
My memory is awful. If I write it down, I can look back to refresh my memory. Even good memories slip away too quickly. For an example of how bad my memory can be, when I had to punish the kids, I would write down the reason and post it on the refrigerator. Otherwise I would forget why they were punished after the first day.
Somehow, though, the things I really need to remember for day to day life stay in place. Like the important stuff, how to get to and from work, to feed kids and animals, etc. And my job, which requires a tremendous amount of memory space. That may be why I can’t remember the other details.
Tell me about your journals – do you keep one? Are they extremely private, or are they only a source of writerly notes? Are they precious storehouses of memories?
In my next blog post, I’ll tell you what happened to over 20 years’ worth of my journals.