Journal Therapy

20 May

Creating and maintaining this blog reminded me of the journal I used to keep when I was in high school.  Every once in a while, I go back and re-read the entries I made as an angst-riddled teenager.  It’s interesting how, over time, we forget so many details of our lives, even our own thoughts.

For some time now, I have been thinking that I should get back into journalling.  I had the idea that if I started writing in a journal before going to sleep, rather than reading, it would be just as relaxing and would provide time to reflect on the events of the day.  So last night I dug out a book that I started journalling in way back in 1995, the year I graduated from high school.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since then!  I re-read the journal entries from that time, as well as the one journal entry I made in 2002. 

Reading all those old journal entries gave me a wonderful feeling of accomplishment because there was so much self-doubt and fear in many of them, and I realized how much I have grown.  Even the most recent entry, from 2002, showed how insecure I was in my own abilities, how I had no clue what I had to offer to the world, let alone an employer.  Living in Fort Liard has sometimes been a challenge, but I have developed so much confidence and self-assurance, and I really didn’t realize that until last night.

With these bracing thoughts in mind, I made a new entry in the journal last night.  What a great validation of the joy and the benefits of keeping a journal!

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One Response to “Journal Therapy”

  1. Nemmy May 20, 2005 at 12:41 pm #

    Funny, I think the same thing… only usually when I read my journal entries I roll my eyes and think "I was such a moron". So ten years from now… 😛 But I know what you mean about confidence. This job has dones that for me in many ways – lots of things that I would never even have dreamed I could do 5 years ago are fun and easy now. At least, most of the time…

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