There are many things that happen in our lifetime, some good and some bad. For me personally, I seem to be able to remember the momentous occasions, usually, because of the way my brain works, the bad ones. But there are also milestones too, not necessarily amazingly good things, but times that meant something or dates that had significance.
It seems though that as I get older the small but still important things become more faded, I find myself relating dates to before my leg injury and after, because that is a date I never seem to forget.
I recently found an old journal, it was not detailed descriptions, but more snapshots of where I was at that particular time. It jogged my memory and brought back a few names and locations that have long been forgotten. It was fun to read, but also difficult because it made me realise that my anxiety issues have been with me for longer than I thought.
Blogging for me was never about sharing all the details of my life, I tended to write when there was a lot going on in my head and I needed to clear some space. This means that I didn’t always note the smaller less important things and now I am beginning to wish I had.
It made me think about whether this is something I need to change in order to help me remember. Is my old lady brain going to progress from more than asking myself what I went into a specific room for, because that in itself is extremely frustrating sometimes believe me.
There has to be a benefit of noting down important things, like when and how I met friends and also sometimes how I lost them. Important places I visited and the memories that became associated with them. Losses and gains, they are all important in their own way to form the foundations of a life lived and also perhaps to remind my brain on its bad days that there were gains, not just losses.
I haven’t come to any firm decisions yet, but it’s something I might quite like to try.
Hey brain, here’s to making memories and actually remembering them.
What about you, do you journal to remember ?
6 thoughts on “Forgotten Details”
I started keeping a journal in the 1980’s not so much to remember things but as a way of giving voice to every day frustrations and the ups and downs of life.
I have always worried more about potentially hurting others with words spoken in anger so journals listened.
Remembering has never been an issue for me.
I’m the same in some ways, I tend to find I feel a little bit restricted on blogs I know friends and family will read.
I think sometimes my head is too full of worries that I forget the small details. I’ve had a few times recently where I’ve forgotten about people that others have reminded me about.
That said, even if I write it down I’ll probably still not remeber it all 🙂
I don’t ever in my life “journal” as I would not want anyone else to read my thoughts no matter how old. If I don’t remember something, it probably wasn’t important!
There probably something too that as well. I asked my counsellor once was it bad I could not remember things and she said that for the most part life is every day and normal and we only tend to remeber the peaks and troughs 🙂
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I journal because there are some things in my life that I can’t afford to forget.
Too true. Same for me in some ways too, it’s good to remeber how far we have come :) and sometimes too that we are still works in progress.
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