As a 20-year-old, I would say I have experienced quite a bit in life. I have traveled, loved, learned, and grown. Although I have experienced a decent amount, it is not nearly as much as I would like to over the span of my life. I carry the memories around with me wherever I go in the back of my brain, some good and others not so good. All my experiences are memories though that I love to remember. Photographs help capture memories visually, but have you ever thought about writing your experiences down?
In today’s day and age, hand writing down words to paper almost seems obsolete. Technology has taken over, and I am not sad about it, but I refuse to give up my journal. A journal is like a best friend. You can tell it your secrets, stories, and feelings, and the best part is knowing there will be no judgement. A journal is always there to listen and never gets offended. You can be your true self and tell your life how you wish for it to be told. No one ever has to read your life story unless you want them to, so let your creativity run wild. Tell the pages a story about how that person broke your heart and how you’ve grown to bigger things or how much fun you had doing the simplest or most extravagant things.
I have been writing in journals for three years now. Fun fact, I was actually first inspired to write by Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Her chest full of journals that told her life made me want to have that some day, and hopefully I will. Every time I purchase a new journal, I try to find a journal that is me, inside and out. It has to fit my personal aesthetic looks wise at the time period, so it matches my life perfectly. The types of journals are endless and who doesn’t love cute stationary.
Your future self will appreciate that you wrote everything down one day to look back on and reminisce. Sometimes I find myself reading my first journal entries now and it is truly amazing how much life can change. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “You don’t write something because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” Your life is worth being told, even if it is to card stock paper in a leather covered journal.
What is your favorite way to capture your life? Let me know in the comments below!