Keeping a Daily Journal

By DELANEY SMITH

Could keeping a daily journey really change your life? You know exactly what you want in life, but you can’t seem to get there. You have all these goals like you’re going to get healthy, you’re going to be more patient and happy, you’re going to write that book, you’re going to be more present with your loved ones, you’re going to be more organized, you’re going to be a better friend, you’re going to get out of debt, you’re going to overcome bad habits, you’re going to start that home based business, you’re going to learn another language, and so on!

The only problem being is that doing all of these can be really hard, and it gets harder every day. Some days it seems more realistic to just give up entirely. The whole taking one step forward and one or two steps backward pattern is getting old. You’ve been telling yourself for a long time “Today is the day!” only to fall into old ways before the day, or if you’re lucky, the week, is spent. When there’s a gap between who you are and who you intend to be, you are incongruent and unhappy. You’re torn, mentally exhausted, and regretful. You always slightly feel like a fraud to yourself and probably to the people around you.

I haven’t always kept a diary, in fact I only started taking note of the day-to-day about a year ago when I was living with my friend during the summer. I wanted to start documenting my time where I experienced new adventures like the ones that you only see in movies, which I knew had an expiration date. I didn’t want to forget a single thing about my time living in Antioch, and I felt that by recording each day I’d be able to hang onto those feelings for the rest of my life, and boy was I right. Diaries are an important part of anyone’s life and if you’re not keeping one, here’s why you should:

You can record special events, normal events, thoughts and feelings, therapeutic for good and bad days and can even improve your writing skills! People take pictures to remember parties, days out and etc. Keeping a diary is just like a personal written photo with so much more meaning behind it, documenting only things you saw in as much more or as little detail as possible. You might think that normal days are boring, until you start writing. I’ve started seeing the special aspects of normal events, such as funny remarks or interesting things I’ve seen. You remember how things made you feel on certain days or in certain places, so your memory is more detailed.

Getting your feelings down on paper feels much better than keeping them to yourself. It can also help you think about things more clearly, and maybe even help decide how you feel about things if you are unsure. Make a hot drink, snuggle into a comfy chair and take half an hour just for you and your diary. It feels great! Practice makes perfect and plus seeing your writing develop is very rewarding.