Our assignment yesterday in the Blogging 101 class was to comment on our “neighbors” blogs that resonated with us and today we are assigned a task of writing about one of the blogs and adding a link to it for others to read. I read so many blogs and commented on many that impacted me. It was a hard decision, but I decided to talk about one that was about starting a journal.
I really enjoyed a post named Want to Live Forever? Easy, Keep a Journal by Itchy Quill. There were so many great reasons given on why you should keep a journal. I really enjoyed all the reasons that were given and had already thought about some of them prior to reading the post. I would like to address some of them here.
The reason about saving your life and keeping in touch with yourself go hand in hand for me. I have decided to keep a personal journal on some of my thoughts, worries and things that are bothering me as a cathartic way of releasing them from my mind and “taking out the trash.” I feel sometimes I dwell on the same things and can’t stop dwelling so by writing it down I am looking at what is causing me unwarranted worries and getting rid of it. I also want to journal my meditations which is keeping in touch with myself. I also think as the year goes on that it will be fun to look back and ask myself, “Why did this bother you so much and how great does it feel to be rid of the burdens that I was carrying.”
This all leads into relieving stress. All of these things are part of my journey to the new me so keeping a journal is a perfect fit for me. It is a great place to vent the things that are bothering you without having to tell others (especially if they are tired of hearing it from you), and it also is great to be able to be truthful to yourself in a private way.
The time capsule reason is the one that I really love. My daughter is actually writing in a 5 year journal that is just a few sentences about the day with her son. It is a great way to chronicle my grandson’s life and will be fun to look back and see the funny things he did or said or the events that were happening that day. We always think we will remember all the “cute” things our children say or do but as time goes on we do forget unfortunately. This line a day journal is a fantastic way to remember and doesn’t take a lot of time to do.
I also love the books for Parents and Grandparents to fill out about what their life is about and to share it with their children and grandchildren. I wish that I would have written things down about my grandparents life while they were alive, there is no one to tell their story after they pass away. I think it would be great to journal about your personal life and things you enjoy for your future generations to read. Life as a child for me is a different era (pre internet, pre cell phones, etc) and it would be great for my children and grandchildren to learn about what it was like to grow up then.
I am fascinated by what life must have been like in the 1920s – 1950s. I love looking at old photos, articles and tv shows that show the “old days.” It is also fun looking at things from the 1960s and 1970s as it brings back so many memories and my journal may do the same for my future generations.
My great grandma kept journals and my mom has them and they are fun to read and see what she went through as she was an amazing woman who overcame a lot and especially admirable for the time era.
A journal about your life is a wonderful gift to leave to your heirs. It has inspired me to start asking my parents to tell stories about themselves and relatives that have passed away so that these things are not lost forever.
Thank you ItchyQuill for inspiring me to journal my life and asking my loved ones to do the same.