Of Diaries and Journals

22 Mar

In my last year of high school, one of my good friends had gifted me with a notebook.

The notebook was light blue in color and featured a simple little cat with a fish. The cat (and, subsequently, the notebook) was fondly called, “Jeffury,” and it was always with me for the rest of the school year where I scribbled in it during every free moment I had. For the next few years, the name Jeffury was attached to every journal I had written in.

These journals consisted of stories, fanfiction and original, and just everyday rambles about school, work, family. I would always find the time to write in them while in school, both high school and during college.

However, when I left college behind, so too did I seem to leave journal writing. Jeffury VI has been half full for years now. I’ve continued writing, of course, both typing and longhand, but for some reason, writing journal-style has become lost to me.

I wonder, has anyone else simply grown out of certain ways or styles of writing? We all improve the more we practice and write, of course, but to see how one’s style changed like evokes both awe and a bittersweet nostalgia. I have bins full of notebooks, some full, some empty, some in varying degrees of in between. It’s always nice to take the time every once in a while to relax and write longhand, isn’t it?

How about you? What do your notebooks look like?


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3 responses to “Of Diaries and Journals

  1. Skye Hegyes

    March 22, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I no longer have any of the journals I wrote in middle school and high school. I couldn’t stand to look at my juvenile thoughts anymore. They were filled with wishing I was more like so-and-so or self-hatred. I burned the journals and never looked back.

    That said, I do have lots of notebooks, filled and empty, that I write notes in. Anything from plot outlines, excerpts, tidbits, blog posts, planning, etc.

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  2. zzzhe

    March 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I used to have a diary *a few* when I was little with all the lyrics of songs I liked and some drawings and lots of bla-bla-bla about my daily life) I used colorful pencils and markers… Oh, nostalgia)) But now I can’t even make myself write anything on paper. :-\ your post actually made me find and look through my old notebooks)) so cute! jeez, I became so boring now!)))) I have to get a new one immediately 😉

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  3. Rachel

    March 23, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I still have my journal that I write in occasionally that I originally started when I was diagnosed with my anxiety. Though it’s not often. I’m working on my outline for Camp right now and I’m writing it by hand. It feels good to do that instead of type.

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