I bought one of Moleskine’s amazing diaries in an attempt to go back to old school writing. The actual pen against paper writing. I remember one of my professor’s mentioning that the mind retains information better when information is written rather than typed. For some reason, I chose to believe that too.
But the problem is I haven’t written anything in the past couple of weeks, making my thrust to have a better chronicle of my life go somewhat halfway down the drain. I mean, sure there is blogging, but let’s admit it: there are certain parts of your day that you aren’t really open to abundantly sharing to a public.
By definition, a chronicle is a factual actual written account of important or historical events in the order of their occurrence. Not that my life is a historical event in itself, but you get what I mean. There are so many times in our lives when we just trackback and rebuild our history, catch up our files to make up for the times when we failed to update them. Is that still essentially chronicling? Because technically speaking it’s no longer in the order of their occurrence.
Maybe I am just desperately justifying that I still have a penchant for the old. My life goal still includes acquiring a typewriter and using it for my mail (yes, I still visit the post office, even if they have failed me so many many times). Or maybe, like most of us, I too have abandoned the bittersweet manner of writing and successfully adapted new technology, in spite of my firm belief that nothing beats the lovemaking of pens and papers.
Am I a walking contradiction or what? How about you? Is the old still more romantic, more applicable to you? Can a person truly embrace the old and the new, and use them in perfect symphony?
Because I sure am not using them that way, even though I wish to.
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I think your professor was right in theory.. .meaning when writing you have more time to pause and reflect as the words come out… Whether you want to say lovemaking with pen and paper… or that the pen is connected to the heart…. or that the keys are connected to the heart….
The idea of putting ideas down… the act of expressing yourself to what ever degree you feel appropriate to me is the key… If what you are “writing, typing, or dictating” is from the heart ? This is all that matters…. I don’t believe there is a right way or a wrong way…furthermore how often you should express yourself either… I think with all of us, regardless of gender… sometimes the mind is not quite sure how sort out what the heart is feeling and therefore is not ready to express itself to anyone… I remember journaling and at the time thinking I had it pretty well figured out only to go back a few days later and see that I didn’t really…. but all was not lost because the idea that I was journaling was better than not to at all…..
Lastly I will share with you something Carla… or shall I say… Super Carla.. This is something I heard just last year. It is a question to ask yourself.
“If you had a really good friend… a very good friend… that told YOU the same things you tell YOURSELF on a daily basis – would you keep them for a friend?”