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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 12:10 pm
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I’m decluttering and consolidating old journal entries. 

Did you ever look back on your old journals? Were you smart? Locked in unhelpful patterns? Did you recognize yourself? 

It’s very interesting to see what changes and what stays the same. 

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I probably have about 10 journals none of them completely filled up. consolidating them would make too much sense. And yes I do look back at them. Emotionally I am just about the same.

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I have several journals of strange things that have happened to me and people that I know and it is interesting to go back in time to read what was going on at the time. I love keeping journals, and recently I have found new types of journals that ask questions on each page or have you write about things from childhood. I got two of them and have been working on them. Haha! Gemini Moon wants two of everything. But these new journals are really neat.

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I have quite a few with different time periods in them, lots of empty pages, which is why I’m ripping out then will order chronologically. 

I notice I write when I’m aggravated. It’s not about anything wonderful going on. I’ve resolved a lot but my complaints are always about the same things. I wasn’t sure if I should be disgusted or feel sorry for myself.

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I must have some stashed around here. I haven’t journaled in a couple of years. It’s quite interesting reading what bothered me, what was on my mind. Some happy things were so simple. That’s a good thing, too.

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I have a couple of old journals from many years ago stored in a box in the closet.  I haven’t looked at them in years.  Most of my thoughts for the past 20 years are in  computer documents.  Just a hodge-podge of a lot of things.  I think my whole life is on my computer.  Its fairly well organized in folders, but still out of control.  I’m a digital pack-rat.  I just like to keep writing but am not so good at purging.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:36 pm
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I can’t journal it makes me feel extremely vulnerable so kudos to everyone for making the effort. 

Have compassion for yourself in the old stuff sometimes the mind just jabbers and wants to get the words out. Like cleaning out the fridge.

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Kumquat said
I have quite a few with different time periods in them, lots of empty pages, which is why I’m ripping out then will order chronologically. 

I notice I write when I’m aggravated. It’s not about anything wonderful going on. I’ve resolved a lot but my complaints are always about the same things. I wasn’t sure if I should be disgusted or feel sorry for myself.

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I write when I am about as low emotionally as I can go, my poetry comes out then also.

Usually in a dark place. The writing actually gets me out of my head and lets me reflect on what is really going on.

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I did today. I also wrote today, for the first time in months. 

750words seems to work for me now. It’s like a locked online diary. No worries about someone finding your writings and being disturbed by what they read. (I do have paper journals too, years old.)

I think I have grown over time. I used to wonder if this was possible.

Another thing: If you keep your journals long enough and read them over, you can see where you get stuck, where your blind spots are, where you fall into negative patterns or limited beliefs. I cannot believe some of the garbage I put up with at my old job!! I should have left a long time ago.

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Ive threw a bunch of journals from my late teens and early twenties. I was having some kind of spiritual awakening at the time, but I was also doing a lot of hard drugs and drinking alcohol so, I went to some dark places. I dont need a journal to remind me of what hell is like. Its not like I deny the past. I just think Ive kind of integrated it enough that I know that I can go there in one instant if I want to. I dont want to though. 

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Now that I’m older, I’m not so sure I want people picking through my life after I’m gone.  I think I’m going to get rid of all of it.  Its going to hurt a lot, but I really don’t like the idea of my family going through things that were very private to me.

I saw what my family did to my parents after they passed on.  It was kind of disrespectful  Who wants to have every detail of their life combed through by their relatives?

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I have one from when I was 13-14, but never dared to re-read it! It turned up many years later, my father had found it somehow, I have no idea how. I think I’d left it behind during one of the several moves my family did from France to Germany to the States. I was apalled that my father might’ve read it (& not remembering what I wrote then), but he wasn’t a negative person, so I think I’ll just not worry about it.

Then a few random notebooks started a differents times when I had things bothering me. Never re-read those either, I hate to think of the shit that used to bother me!!!

These past few years I write nearly every day, just extremely mundane things. It’s like talking to myslef. I think I do it mainly out of habit & also I enjoy the act of writing. Never read that stuff either.

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My emotional state even if I go back a few months in my current diary is highly, highly variable. I barely recognise my current self in them a lot of the time. Perhaps this is a process for me at the moment.

For years I have believed there was going to be a mass event of social change and the world would all be different soon and it still has not happened. I imagined when I started writing my diary that future generations could look back and see how we lived and it could be RIVETING to read about. Alas though, no huge political breakthroughs to report in it.

When I read Jo- Frances response I remembered also that I had considered it possible I might be famous one day. If it were to uncloak the ‘mystique’ that men, like my father and some others, sometimes get around them. These strange things that women obsess about “Was he hiding his depth from me” and other bizarre questions, might be answered for some of those people if I allowed my diary to be seen/ published.

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