Diaries are worth it.
A few weeks ago I began reading a book by Ken Saro-Wiwa titled “A Month and a Day: A detention diary” all thanks to a course I’m taking in school. Months before that, while reading a different book, I stumbled upon an extract from “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Anne Frank. I was blown away. Diaries are worth it.
Keeping a Diary is similar to keeping a journal.
The word “journal” may be sometimes used for “diary,” but generally a diary has (or intends to have) daily entries, whereas journal-writing can be less frequent. Most times diaries are kept personal or to a small circle of friends without intent to publish but journals are more opposite. Many years back some diarists had their diaries published anyway. In modern times, some people keep diaries in form of blogs which are created online, though they may be published too
A diary is kept most times for reference and correction purposes. It holds memories that you won’t want to forget even if you had amnesia. It can also be useful in the case of anything that involves security and investigations.
Don’t think diaries are a female thing or a children thing only, they can be kept by anyone and everyone. Take a hint from Samuel Pepys, he was one of the world’s greatest diarists.
I know it can seem like such a drag but starting isn’t so difficult:
- Get a notepad/journal or start a blog
- Get Pens/pencils
- Write your first page
- Always try including pictures on each page if you can.
- Keep at it
Try out a diary at least for a year, then at the end of the year go through it month after month. You could have an idea of the new plans and amends you want to make in your life for the next year.
You should find the ‘diary-ing’ world interesting 😉