How an Old Journal Gave Me a Life Lesson After Being Hidden for 30 Years
An Interesting Discovery
A couple of years back, I was going through my things, and I found a 30-year-old journal. I started reading, and after a while, I realized how good my life is now. I have it good compared to my teen years. I didn’t have a bad teenage experience, but in my late teenage years were boring.
The Benefits of Keeping a Journal
This experience allowed me to see all the good things I have in my life now. As time goes on, you remember things differently. With a journal, you’ll have an accurate record of that time. Sometimes you think those were the days. But looking at my journal, these are the days.
Another benefit of keeping a journal and capturing all of your greatest experiences allows you to enjoy and relive the best parts of your life through your journal.
If I Had to Do It All Again
If I had the chance, I would do things differently. Rather than write each day, I would only write about significant issues in my life. I would also write about the lessons I had learned from my life, those experiences taught me what I know today.
Think back to all the good times in your life, “every one of the best experiences of your life.” You can’t, can you? Sure, you can remember a few, but you have to take time to reflect.
When you have a journal, you can capture all those moments. More importantly, you can relive them and get satisfaction all over again. It’s like watching a movie for the second or third time: you already know what’s going to happen and watch it again to experience that enjoyment again.
What to Capture in Your Journal?
I would want to write about the experience and especially how I felt during the experience. You may remember what happened, but will you remember the emotions if you don’t write them down?
The Benefits of Writing Your Journal
Writing a journal can be very beneficial. There is so much you will get out of this practice.
Here are just a few benefits:
- You will remember the life you lived.
- You can see past successes and experiences and decide on what’s next for you.
- You can relive the memories.
- You’ll enjoy experiences more as you’re having them because you will also be writing about them.
That’s the way I see it,