My journaling is contemplative, more in the future tense or introspecting how far I have come. It is intermittent though. Sometimes years are missing!
I have a friend who writes pages daily. I envy her. Writing away merrily without caring if it was an exam day or we were at our mutual friend’s wedding – how perseverant!
I have made several pacts with real people writing, all in vain. A page a day. Sounds so easy…
Trudging through the ramblings, I find solace in idle writing. Journaling is the art of converting that idle writing into chronological thought trains and knowing how your mind has evolved on certain matters.
In a course that I had registered for 2 years back and given up mid-way, ‘Leaving a trace’ was a recommended reading – akin to a textbook. I read it cover to cover nonetheless. The title still brings a lump to my throat. Leaving a trace…of your existence, of your thoughts, your dreams, your struggles with the mundane, your achievements significant only to you – all giving a glimpse of your times to the next or previous generation.
World events reduced to a byline, where you are the hero of your story. Journaling is therefore, a very alluring idling. Lucrative too, if you make memoirs out of them.