I've been writing diary since I was 12 years old. I have so many journals that I think I can have them filled up a huge bookshelf, or maybe two. Just by counting how many pages there must be will cause you a headache. Alright let me do some quick maths....it's one page per day, and there're 365 days in a year, and 365 times 14 equals to 5,110. Wow!
I actually started keeping a diary for a quite silly reason, it was because the football team I supported lost in the World Cup and I felt so upset that I just wanted to write down how I felt. I was surprised by my insistence as well after writing an entry a day for the following week. I have to say, keeping a diary has made my life better and I'm glad that I've started it at a young age. Here's how keeping a diary makes my life better.
My Feelings Are Expressed.
It doesn't matter if you're sad, happy or mad, however you feel, just write down in your diary. No one's going to judge your sadness, happiness or anger. Your diary will take it all - your tears and you smiley faces. Whenever I felt sad, I could keep writing for at least four or five pages for just one journal entry. The funny thing is, my writing style changes according to my mood too! (I'm sure it can look like a chapter of a tragedy written by a miserable woman if you read it haha!)
My Memories Are Kept.
Not everyone has a good memory, even for those who have really good memories, there're details in stuff that they forget. If you write diary every day, you can record down all the details of the things you saw and did on that day. This is actually good when you're going to talk about things happened in the past. Instead of arguing with your friends whether you guys watched a rom-com or a sci-fic movie on a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning a year ago, take a look at your diary and you get the answer.
My Motivation For Life Is Always Kept.
It's not that I want anyone of you to look back and indulge yourself in the past; it's just, it can be really interesting reading your previous diary entries. You'll see how much you've grown up, and how tough you've become. Sometimes I look back just to realize that I've become stronger than I ever imagined. I was once very upset because of my favorite team losing a match which doesn't even mean a thing to me now. I once thought school exams were everything to my life and look at me now, there're more things that are a lot more challenging than exams. My past makes me who I am today and all those experiences are motivating me to hold on to my life more every day.
My Life Story Is Recorded (For My Loved Ones to Know).
Well I'm not saying that I'm gonna make my diary a biography, and I'm not significant enough to make my diary inspiring like Anne Frank's (at least not at the moment). But having my own life written down on papers is like taking notes of my life so that I can vividly tell my stories to the ones I love in future. I sometimes just read out some of the great moments I had with my family to my sister, and we'd laugh at those silly moments together.
Keeping a diary has made my life better, and I think you should pick up your pen and start to write your own journal too! And maybe one day, you'll thank me :)
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