Many years ago I read the book, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. She mentioned the importance of recording the events in your life. So, almost twenty years ago, I began to do that.
I wrote them in a large spiral bound journal. They are diary-like entries, recording how old I was, where I was and what I experienced or did. The earliest entries are when I was in first grade, because that is the farthest back I can remember. Over the past twenty years, with many stops and starts, I have recorded these vignettes. When I thought of something I wanted to record and didn’t have time to, I listed the topic on a page in the journal so I could return to it later.
I pulled the journal out a few months ago to see where I had left off and realized some of the ink I used had bleed through the pages. I then decided to begin using notebooks with acid-free paper. Eventually, I’ll transfer the entries from the original journal.
I don’t look at these as ever being published, but to be passed on to family or friends. I have loved getting the many handwritten letters my grandparents have received throughout the years and put together segments of their lives I didn’t know much about.
How about you?
Have you recorded the events in your life?
Any suggestions or tips?