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Why Journaling Still Matters

Mar 5, 2008
Throughout time, the famous and not so famous have kept journals. These journals were highly personalized and represented a glimpse into the daily lives and cumulative life of each and every person. Journaling still matters today for a variety of reasons.

There was a time when journaling was simply the standard thing done by a majority of people. Also referred to as keeping a diary, journals served as fascinating records of a person's life whether theywere in one sport or traveling the world.

The most notably of journals comes from a little girl during the second world war. I am, of course, talking about Anne Frank. A teenager, she kept a journal of the harrowing experiences she and her jewish family experienced hiding from the Nazis.

The important thing about Anne Frank and all journals is perspective. While reading her journals is an emotional event, it is important to think of her perspective. She is not writing for you, but for herself! The journals are a story, but also an effort to cope.

Thankfully, few people have as extreme a situation as Anne Frank. That doesn't mean you can't benefit from keeping a journal or diary much like she did. The fear of imminent capture isn't necessary to find benefits from journaling.

The first benefit of journaling is simply keeping a record of your life. While we all think we have a sharp memory, can you really remember what you were doing even a year ago? I can't. Reading back through a journal is often like reliving the period in question.

A journal is also an excellent means for developing a bit of perspective. In our hurly burly world, it is easy to get caught up in the events of the moment whether good or bad. Writing out your thoughts can calm you down and force you to think things through.

On the same note, a journal is also a great measuring stick for the importance of things. This is particularly true in bad times. When things go bad, it can be all doom and gloom. Reading through your past journal entries can give you some perspective and lighten the mood.

Finally, keeping a journal gives you a unique opportunity to share your life with younger family members. You might prefer to keep it private, but the point is you have the choice to one day share your life experiences with a son or daughter that will amaze.
About the Author
Aazdak Alisimo writes about journaling and diaries for NomadJournals.com - makers of writing journals for keeping a record of your life, travels, and activities.
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