August 31, 2004

The Notebook

I saw this movie called "The Notebook" recently, it was also a book I'm told. Well anyway, this movie was one of those movies that touches you, well, it touched me, so much I loved it. I am not going to say exactly what it was about just because I don't want to ruin it for someone who may not have seen it but wants to. I will just say that it revolved around these journal type notebooks.

I have also been thinking about why it is that people keep journals lately. I have a couple theories, just going by my own journals or diary experiences. I used to think that it was a way for me to get out exactly how I was feeling without actually having to share everything with someone else. I tend to be a fairly open person, but I think we all feel or think in certain ways that we don't feel comfortable sharing with others sometimes. Hence, we might write it in our journal.

When I was younger I used to always say, "I keep journals because one day when I'm old I might not be able to remember so through these journals I am able to remember my past." Well, I am reading a book right now, writen by a psychologist, Dr. Yalom, and because of some things I have read in this book I think maybe I have formed a different opinion on why exactly I as well as others keep these types of journals and such. It is a way for us to deal with the inevitability of our death. Keeping a journal is a way of immortalizing yourself, your life, your experiences, etc. These journals will keep us alive in a sense, long after we are gone.

Interesting/morbid thought huh?? Thats what happens when your alone, occupying yourself, and reading books about psychology.

Here's a quote for ya, "The unexamined life is not worth living." So true!! If you don't take the time to think about why you are who you are or why you, as well as others around you, do what you do, and how you can improve yourself, well to me thats just not living. But then again, what do I know really?

One final thing, I don't know why the heck I keep on posting things on here like there is nothing else in this world that I have to do right now. I think I need to chill out a bit here, cause its getting a little obsessive lately I am afraid.

Posted by Angela at August 31, 2004 09:17 PM

Naah. I like updates. I do what you're doing every once in a while, where I'll write multiple entries close together.

Concerning why people keep journals, I myself keep them because I need to go back sometimes and remind myself of things, in a sense. Not things I forget entirely, but states of mind I have been in. I find it really interesting to do that. I don't know why. I guess like your quote says, I'm examening myself. But it makes me realize I've grown more than I thought I had.

As for the whole, making myself immortalized through my journal, I always thought that no one would care to read my journals frankly. I would go back and read entries and realize that they weren't really meant for anyone to read or understand but me. But sometims I do think that if I go and people I love are left behind and all, they'll have my thoughts to read about, and maybe they'll understand me more that way. Who knows.

Posted by: kate at September 1, 2004 07:35 AM

Some things i don't know that i would want anyone that knows me to read, but some things i think i would i guess. i wonder if say many years after i'm long gone, maybe someone would find all these journals/scrapbooks and diaries or whatever, and maybe it might help someone, or maybe people would find them very interesting. who knows, maybe someone will find them and throw them in the damn trash.

Posted by: angela at September 1, 2004 08:49 AM
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