You may have been able to tell I like journaling. I guess that started when I was twelve, and I wanted to try scrapbooking. As it turns out, I’m not really into making boarders and arranging photos. What I learned, however, was that I really liked talking about myself and documenting stories and writing about my thoughts. So I started journaling/blogging.
The thing is, I have several different journals. I have this blog, I have a document on my computer where I write thoughts too private for a blog, I have a hard copy notebook which I take to church (since a bringing a laptop wouldn’t be quite appropriate), and of course there is all of my previous journals (again, I’ve been doing this since I was about twelve).
There are a lot of gems in these journals, but they’re spread through a number of different sources, and you have to dig to find them. So I decided to create a sort of computerized scrapbook, so I can compile the best stories and whatnot. This is the sort of thing I’d actually be willing to leave to my posterity. It is, in fact, the only record I have specifically targeting my posterity.
It’s… a lot of work. How do you know when it’s done? How do you know what’s good to put in, and what should be left out?
This is something I struggle with; engaging in projects in which the benefits are all long-term, and so far into the future it’s hard to tell what adjustments or additions need to be made to it now. I don’t even know if it will be a benefit to my kids at all. I can only hope it does, and that’s something I have a really, really hard time with. Still, I keep hoping that it’s worth a try. After all, I receive a lot of benefit looking over all of my past records so… it seems reasonable to assume that it’s all worth the effort.
I just hope and try.