Journals?

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    Oct 15, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    Does anyone else keep journals of their life?

    I have been writing in volumes of journals since 1998. I think it's quite funny when I go back and look at it all. Does anyone else do this?
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    Oct 15, 2009 6:30 AM GMT
    I always wanted to have a journal,but scared that someone might find it
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    Oct 15, 2009 6:35 AM GMT
    I've only allowed one person to actually read all of them. I love him very much, and I was in love with him at one time.
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    Oct 15, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    on the broad scale everything i do is too repetitive and redundant .
    as for the little details that make every day unique, it can be amusing to remember them.
    I used to keep a detailed log book of all my training when i was racing.
    i still have them. .. somewhere, but i don't know where.

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    Oct 15, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    I absolutely do.... and every once in a while I revisit them.
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    Oct 15, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    I did a digital notes and video journal while making my last film so I could talk through the rough times.
  • Melos

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    Oct 15, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    I've tried to write a journal, but I end up forgetting to make entries. I started one on my laptop just after I went out to visit my current boyfriend in California. We were still getting to know one another. I am very glad that I wrote down my feelings about the trip at the time so that now I can look back on them and reminisce our first time meeting. I have a bad memory, so it's nice to have a document of things. Nowadays I just bring my camera and take a shit load of pictures.

    Congrats on the dedication!! I could only imagine the things I would find if I had kept one for the last 10 years of my life..
  • Abe13

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    Oct 15, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
    I love to journal. I have been keeping a running commentary on my life for years, lol. It also helps when trying to remember years of friends marriages and birthdays, etc. Not to mention the benefit to my meditation work.
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    Oct 15, 2009 6:22 PM GMT
    I used to keep a journal from 2004 to 2005, then more sporadically from 2006 to 2007 and then I began writing actual fiction and left my life alone! icon_eek.gif

    But my lattest story is somewhat autobiographical so...

    I have to say that there are few tools of self-awareness as powerful as a simple journal. It kind of gave me lots of perspective into stuff I usually just took for granted and it was a great place to keep chewing some ideas.

    I also was afraid of other people reading it, but I did it digitally and kept safe and encrypted.

    I might begin again...
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    Oct 15, 2009 7:06 PM GMT
    I kept a journal sporadically through childhood, and then again in the bumpy months leading up to and after I came out, ages ago. Just came across it not too long ago, actually, and it's interesting how it feels like reading from somebody else's life.

    These days, I have a blog. My day to day musings are infinitely less mundane and uninteresting when other people tell me how dumb or insane I am. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 16, 2009 6:46 AM GMT
    My grade 8 teacher forced us to journal the first ten minutes of every class.

    It was the best thing she ever taught me. I have kept them throughout the years and love looking back living my life over again.

    I read certain details from years past that I have forgotten but suddenly remember clearly and the flush of emotion I felt at that time.

    Gives me a chance to see that I have grown and is sometimes embarrassing to think I was such a nerd in many respects.

    My friend has strict instructions to burn them after I die even though she begs me to publish my true and bizarre life stories.

    My only regret about journaling; my mother raided my room while at work and took a few of them secretly hidden. I was devastated and she completely denied it. The journals mysteriously appeared in the correct spot a few weeks later. It was certainly one of a few things things that ruined my trust in her.

    It is also cathartic, especially for single guys like me with nobody to talk to.
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    Oct 16, 2009 7:26 AM GMT
    i do have an online journal...i havent written in it for so long. i do need to start up again because i think it helps me process a lot of my stresses and helps me share my triumphs
  • jrs1

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    Oct 16, 2009 7:56 AM GMT


    I write in mine occasionally but keep a mental journal nowadays. it's awfully cathartic to actually verbalize and encode what my thoughts were and when.
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    Oct 16, 2009 7:59 AM GMT
    I had one from 11 until I graduated high school. I started another one my junior year of college and kept it until 2007.

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    Oct 16, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    Sorta abstract but I keep a collection of personal poems, letters, songs, artwork, and photographs which all serve as a journal for my life. My writing tends to be more like philosophical rants rather than detailed real life experiences. I have stuff from as far back 1991.
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    Oct 16, 2009 8:14 AM GMT
    I've been keeping journals since '94 sporadically. First on paper, later online. Some of the stuff was so embarrassing I purged it, but that feels good- to get stuff out of your head and then release it.
  • Little_Spoon

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    Oct 16, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    lenoxx saidI always wanted to have a journal,but scared that someone might find it