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Memoirs are what caught my eye with this group! I have been writing in a journal nearly all my life, starting from my preteen years. A terrible thing occured with my ex husband long before he was an "EX". He found my journal under the bed after we had been married about 10 years. He READ it! Then he proceeded to obsess about all the things I had written about him over the years. (Mostly because the things were true and it made him look like a really bad person.) He badgered me and nagged me until I came to a point of such exasperation I took the whole book, and through it into the fireplace! He was so happy and I have carried this terrible loss for it for years. I had poems, songs, first loves and childhood memories with my sisters recorded in those pages! At the time, I thought I would be able to duplicate all those memories, and it made him so happy that it was okay. I never had time to sit and write things down again and the years have slipped by and now they are just gone. So it was not okay.
I have written for many years since then in a new journal, and I will always keep writing. It is a way to keep memories alive and also a balm for the heart when things are sad and a joy when things are great! I would encourage anyone to start keeping a journal TODAY. It will keep you centered no matter who you are or what you do. If you never plan on letting anyone read it, or author a book on it, you will still reap the benefits of keeping it.
Please feel free to comment here or on my page!
I felt myself gasp when you said you threw the book into the fireplace. You are so right. You will never be able to capture it again. My sister used to read my journals and then she would get mad because I wrote what happened and how I felt, etc. She has always been depressed and in the book I wrote about her depression because she talked about it all of the time, but it upset her to read my journal. I told her feel free to read them but they are MY JOURNALS and the way I see things in life so open at your own risk! It helps my memory and it purges your system. I've tried to get her interested in keeping a journal and she balks; however I think it would help.
Keep writing Judy! Don't ever burn your journals again.