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Apr 21, 2017 09:20:19   #
gailrn..
 
Do any of you maintain a daily journal of thoughts and events of the day? At age 65 do you think I am too old to start doing this daily? I have an interesting life,well it is to me anyway, but I wonder what I would do with them. Would they just be another thing people would have to figure what to do with when I am gone? Or just throw them out and I guess then it would have been a big waste of time, or do you find fufillment in just doing them?
 
Apr 21, 2017 09:25:07   #
Ms Sue P
 
I have started journals and then did not finish them. But my mother-in-law had several journals and they were very interesting to read. I would say go for it.
Apr 21, 2017 09:25:46   #
auntieL
 
I am 70. I do not write all the time. When I do, I find that I usually gain clarity from reading what I have written,in a day,a week, a month,etc, later
Apr 21, 2017 09:29:40   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
Journaling has always helped me gain more insight into myself. There have been times I didn't really know how I was feeling about something until I wrote it down. Knowledge is the first step in positive change. And a person is never too old for that. Reading what I wrote after the fact also has helped me see where I made progress and what still needs improvement. I have destroyed them after a period of time because I wrote them for me. It is a positive & therapeutic process.
Apr 21, 2017 09:31:21   #
Sunny70 (a regular here)
 
We had a workshop on journals at our women's retreat and you are never too old. The are interesting and take many forms and are yours to do with what you wish. There is a lot of info on line about how to keep a journal, but don't get confused, just do it your way!
Apr 21, 2017 09:41:13   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
A side benefit of having a journal is having a medical record. Have you ever gone to the doctor and been asked when did this start? You have to guesstimate an approximate date. If you have a journal you can look back and see when you first mentioned this or that was bothering you.
 
Apr 21, 2017 09:42:32   #
gardenpoet (a regular here)
 
Regardless of what happens to them "later," you might give it a go for now. Try it and see if you enjoy the process. Here are a couple of resources that may get your juices going about writing are Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg, and The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. I would be surprised if both were not available at your library. I also love the type of journaling that includes little sketches or adding small photos or clippings, such as the one by Daniel Eldon; even if you are not artistic, you can add these embellishments that make it come alive.
Apr 21, 2017 09:42:58   #
yarntastic
 
I have a boring life and started writing in a journal eveyday at age 68. Most days aren't note worthy but my grandkids will like it.
Apr 21, 2017 09:46:19   #
MzKnitCro
 
I don't have a daily journal, but I have started a knitting journal. I am using it to keep track of the projects I am doing this year.
Apr 21, 2017 10:09:33   #
edith_bryan
 
I started a journal through the advice of a cousin after the death of my husband. He has been gone a year and I'm still writing and I'm 75. It has helped me alot.
Apr 21, 2017 10:10:18   #
Butterfly 55
 
That sounds like a good idea a knitting journal because of my ms I don't get out much so wouldn't have much to write about but the knitting one is interesting
 
Apr 21, 2017 10:11:59   #
knottsend
 
I love writing in my journals. Prayer journals ,gratitude, exercise ,food journals you name it , I have written many . Still doing it everyday. I often see life more clearly as I glance backwards it often helps go forward to press on when I reread my yesterdays. Probably to anyone else mine would be boring. Anyway it's just my opinion .
Apr 21, 2017 10:12:27   #
CHinNWOH
 
jinx wrote:
A side benefit of having a journal is having a medical record. Have you ever gone to the doctor and been asked when did this start? You have to guesstimate an approximate date. If you have a journal you can look back and see when you first mentioned this or that was bothering you.


Never thought of this. That is a great idea. I need to start a journal now.
Apr 21, 2017 10:15:32   #
Swiss Miss
 
I have kept a happiness journal since 1995. I don't write regularly, mainly when there has been a trip or event, like the birth of a grandchild. But I will consult it at times for particular dates, or uplifting thoughts like "see, picture and visualize only the good that can be". I'm not real regular with it now, but after 22 years, I have accumulated 4 volumes. My husband and I call it the Bee Happy Journal. :)
Apr 21, 2017 10:19:03   #
GrandmaSuzy
 
Sunny70 wrote:
We had a workshop on journals at our women's retreat and you are never too old. The are interesting and take many forms and are yours to do with what you wish. There is a lot of info on line about how to keep a journal, but don't get confused, just do it your way!


My husband's late mother kept a journal, and it was very interesting reading. She passed away before I met her and her journal gave me a lot of insight to her. She had 10 children, and made 6 loaves of bread every day! She milked cows, made cheese from the milk, and all kinds of things. She must have been a remarkable lady.

Suzy in Southern Illinois
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