Readers, today I ask you a very urgent question. You must undergo great philosophical stress and tell me,
Should I buy this 5 Year Journal
C’mon, what good is a social media presence if I cannot ask the great invested-yet-unknown to tell me which diary I should buy? Of course, it isn’t any old diary. A while back, I wrote an essay called Of Writing Diaries, where I told you I haven’t been good with writing one this year. I’ve been writing a diary regularly since I was ten years old. I have a chronicle of my daily moaning, uh, life for seventeen years. I have lost or destroyed many of these chronicles over the years, but it seems to have become a habit that is as regular as something in between brushing my hair (I prefer a bed head look 24*7) and brushing my teeth (A+ from my dentist).
I’ve never been a fan of expensive stationery. I’ve considered writing a book blog of sorts, but my lack of interest in the presentation of books, pens, notebooks etc runs too deep to make a blog a complete experience for book lovers. I just can’ be bothered about it. I’ve written in cheap notebooks, scraps of paper, behind receipts etc. I just put them altogether in files so I hardly ever lose them, unless I want to. My philosophy with books, or for that matter music, films etc is the same. I don’t care what form it is on, or whether I possess it or not, as long as I get to consume it voraciously.
I am often surprised by the sort of things I do end up saving. I have a blank cassette from years ago that I do not have the means to play back and listen to what I recorded. I discovered these very poppy lyrics I wrote as a teenager on scraps of paper that probably had tunes to go with them. I have very few things from my younger years, and I will do my best to hold on to them.
Thus, the idea of keeping a five year journal intrigues me, for that retro value. I am 27 now. If I keep at it, I’ll be writing it till I am 32, in which time I hope to have seen some significant and interesting changes in my life. The above two journals have questions on them, which will definitely make it a more interesting experience. As I keep a diary anyway, in which I write much more than the three or four lines provided in five year journals, it’s good to have something specific to answer. They are more expensive for my can’t-be-bothered taste, with one being twice the price of the other here in India, though it is supposed to have “better” questions. Can there ever be better questions in life? Can deciding on the better journal help decide on a better life? Or is it just another commercial thing, a mere fad, that my somewhat humble writing sensibility will regret and eventually, forget to even keep up with?
I told you in that previous essay that I did not write much this year because I was sleeping better. But, there was also something else. I didn’t feel the need to record things if they weren’t that exciting. I bought four modestly priced 2015 diaries.That is probably the most lavish I’ve ever been. One was themed, which I haven’t used. I bought one as back up, because I always end up writing too much in a year, finishing the diary before the year ends, and so I generally have to get economical, either with material or with writing, by November. This year, my back up lies unused while my main is still stuck in August. Hmm, perhaps I have the answer to the five year dilemma…
I also bought a pocket one just to note down things, like to-do lists. Though it has just started October, it has many notes for Of Opinions essays, quotes I noted down for my handmade journal that I bought from a handicraft fair, said to-do lists that didn’t get ticked off quite as much as I would have liked to. It has all the poems I wrote this year, including some of the ones I put up here:
Another thing I did for sometime, that was inspired by a post here on WordPress, was note down at least one thing I am thankful for. Mind you, this list was very short and repetitive, usually comprising of 1) Music 2) some people in my life 3) Vague notions like being free 4) YouTube and even 5) you generous people who read my blog! I tried to be more creative with it, but I couldn’t and so I stopped. It did help, however, in feeling more love, and so I think it was ultimately a good thing.
Do you write a diary? Which Five Year Journal should I get?