Monday, June 22, 2015

Do you journal?

The other day I was talking to my sister about journals.  She has a separate journal for everything - daily thoughts, Bible study, lists, etc.  She journals every day.  And I was reminded once again that I love journaling.  Well to be more specific, I love the idea of journaling.  I always start with good intentions - "I'm going to journal every day until this new journal-that-I-just-bought-for-this-specific-purpose-even-though-I-have-a-hundred-other-perfectly-fine-journals-at-home-but-since-they-are-partially-filled-from-the-last-time-I-decided-to-do-this-I-must-buy-a-brand-new-one (because this time will be different) is completely filled up!" - and then flake out part way through the first week.

I think it's because I feel like I don't have anything interesting to say - no wise words, crazy discoveries, or grand epiphanies.  Is it worth it to journal every day just for the sake of it?  Every pedantic thought or regularly-scheduled-and-expected-to-happen things that happen?  I doubt anyone will write a book about me, and I have no plans to write a memoir, so it all seems like just a big waste of time.

On the other hand... I love seeing journals filled with pages of my handwriting.  I love flipping through and remembering random things that happened or random thoughts I had.  There's something so romantic and pleasurable about pages bent and worn by ink.  And I like having one consistent place to keep random thoughts, ideas, doodles, lists, etc.

So maybe it's worth it after all?

I certainly have enough journals to keep me occupied for awhile... Some were gifts, some I bought because they're just so cute, and some I've had for 10 years!  Some have pages torn out of them because I didn't think they were good enough or because I wanted to forget what was written on them.  Some are stashed under my bed and some are stuffed into closets and drawers and I'll probably never see them again...

Guess how many of these are only partially filled... 
Do you keep a daily journal?  If so, how do you stay motivated to write every day?


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