Friday, December 09, 2011

Keeping life in lists and journals

If I got rich and was done paying off any important expenses/setting aside money for my family and the rest of my life, what would I do with the money (for fun)?

I’ve been making these lists periodically for as long as I’ve had a journal…which is a long time. The earliest I remember keeping a journal is 3rd or 4th grade (I don’t have that one anymore sadly), and I think that was my “runaway journal”. I was determined to run away from home at some point in my life and that journal was going to log my journey into the cold outdoors, armed with a backpack, a toothbrush, and a change of clothes. No one ever said I took myself seriously…

I’ve had some internal conflict on the subject of keeping old journals. I made a resolution to myself years ago, that I’ve kept to pretty well, that I would not re-read journals once they’re finished. I’ve extended that to not reading past entries in my current journal as well, for peace of mind. Finishing a journal doesn’t always mean writing to the last page. I have many blank pages in many of my past journals, and even though I’d like to save some paper by filling them out completely, sometimes I just get the sense that the journal is done, and it’s time to take a break and/or start a new one. This often occurs at the start of a new year or upon receiving a new blank journal as a gift. My current journal is a hand-made leather-bound journal that I bought at Kind Richard’s Faire last year and I am determined to use every last page.

So here’s this year’s version of the answer to the bolded question that started this post: