When I was a teenager I kept a diary. On being recently reunited with said diary, this little window into my past, I couldn’t resist having a read. It was, unsurprisingly, full of secondary school crushes, family dramas, first boyfriends, sporting achievements and friendships gained and lost.
Although it was only a few sentences for each day, I managed to cram in so much information; it was so revealing, and slightly embarrassing at times, but it jogged my memory of all sorts of things I had long forgotten. It was thrilling to recall what things were important to me back then. Jim and I had a good chuckle over some of my entries!
It got me thinking. I was so dedicated to keep a journal every day for five years, and now I have this little record of that time, which is so interesting to look over not because of the big things – I’m sure I’ll always remember the name of my first boyfriend and the grades I received for my A-levels – but because of the seemingly insignificant things that I mention. One of the things that struck me as I read each entry was how much I telephoned my friends – no emailing, texting or Facebooking back then – it was either call someone to get the gossip, or wait until school on Monday!
Anyway, I digress. My point is, this blog is great for recording big milestones, fun family trips and other activities, but summing up each day in one sentence in a journal truly captures the reality of day-to-day life.
This Christmas I received a five year memory book. So my resolution for this year, and the four that follow, is to write a short paragraph in my journal, every day, come rain or shine.
It won’t be a massive time commitment so should be a pretty easy resolution to keep, and it’s something I really want to do and will be a wonderful thing to have to look back on when Rosalie is all grown up.
One week into the new year and I’ve not forgotten an entry yet!