My first journal is in my mothers hand. She started it during my first year of life and I have it still. I've kept a journal off and on throughout my life. I've never been a daily writer and there are weeks and months that go by in which I record nothing. To the people that will read these journals after my passing this may imply that I just didn't have much happening in my life. More often the case is that I allow myself to get so busy and tired that taking the time to journal never makes it to the top of my list of things to do each day.
Recently I decided to change the way that I journal. Instead of making certain that I've captured every important moment in my day or my life I am now taking a few moments when something happens to record it or to simply record what I've self realized as an important thought or insight.
Since making this transition I've found that I am recording much more of my life and having better insights about it. I've also not allowed myself to be strict about what does and what does not get written down in my journal. I've recorded passages of books, quotes from television or movies. Anything that sticks with me.
At this point turning through these pages is providing me a much clearer picture of who I am and helps me to clarify what often times feels like a chaotic life.
My current favorite entry in my journal is a single line.
"Neville Longbottom = BAMF"