Should I Keep My Old Journals
I have met people who have every
journal they have ever written in, and I have met people who throw away their journal as
soon as it is done. Personally, I'm somewhere in the middle. Decide for yourself
what is the greatest value you get from your journal. Do you love the feeling of
release that comes from the act of writing? Or do you appreciate the ability to go
back and relive the years of memories and experiences?
Some people keep a journal so their
children or grandchildren will have a record, and an insight into the journal keepers'
life. If that is part of the reason why you are keeping your journal, I would advise
you to make sure you are not writing to an audience. Make sure you are writing what
you need to say, always telling the truth, and not creating a fictional account of your
life where you are the hero or heroine.
I would consider it a treasure to have
a journal from someone in my family, but I don't feel this type of motivation for keeping
my own journals.
I recently decided to get rid of some
of my older journals. I did this without rereading them! To honor the part of
my life written in these journals, I burned them in my fireplace. This seemed like a
better solution than throwing them into the trash, and let me take some time to honor the
role of my journal in my life.