My Personal Diaries
I don't have a particular motivational message for you this week, but I'll share something personal with you instead.
March is almost over!
Time flies by so quickly. It's been almost a month since Kelly's mom has been away, and I've been a full-time Daddy.
So much has happened. It feels like only yesterday I became a full-time Daddy to Ethan, but then I realize it has been three weeks already.
I don't know why, but for some reason I remember all the details in my life and how much time has passed.
Sometimes it is crazy that I remember the exact days and how many weeks ago things happened. (It's not necessarily a good thing.)
For example, today is a Wednesday, and I remember what happened last Wednesday…
And also what I did four Wednesdays ago…
Or if I did something special, then every week I will say to myself, “Another week has gone by and that was five weeks ago.”
I'll keep doing this until there have been too many weeks and I stop tracking it. Then it becomes years.
Am I weird or what?
I just like to reminisce and then think about the time that has gone by in my life.
Any of you know what I am talking about?
2013 Is 25% Over!
It only seems like yesterday I was in Vancouver, bundled up in a yellow ski jacket, shooting outdoor videos for you guys.
And now that was almost three months ago!
So much has happened and changed in the last 90 days. A lot of new challenges have arisen, but also a lot of victories and things have been accomplished.
It's been a great 2013 so far.
How about you?
How many of the goals that you set for 2013 have been accomplished so far?
Maybe This is Why I Remember Everything
I think one of the reasons I remember everything is that I’ve written in a diary every night for the past 21 years. I temporarily stopped it a few years back, but after your encouragement, I started it again.
Aside from that brief stop, I've been writing more or less EVERYDAY for the past 21 years.
Maybe I have missed a total of 30 days…
I like to recap in my diary all the things I do from morning until night. Even if there was nothing “interesting” to say, I just write that I didn't do anything interesting.
A few years ago, I stopped writing briefly because I felt that it was starting to become a chore and another “must do” before I go to bed every night.
So I stopped writing, thinking it would feel less stressful. However, during those ten days or so, I learned that it felt WORSE having NOT to write than having to write every night.
Once I started to write, it was like having my close friend again.
My day would not feel complete until I would write each night and recap the day.
My Second Diary?
Lately I have found myself starting another diary!
One of the things that has made 2013 fly is watching Ethan grow up.
It has been a joy, and he has learned so many things in the last three weeks.
He loves to eat vegetables and fruits, and we were kind of low on yams, tomatoes and mangoes. So, yesterday morning, I told him to kindly ask Mommy to go and buy those three things for him. When my wife woke up, those were the first three things out of his mouth!
When Ethan was born, one of the gifts that I got from my friend Michelle was this little book where you could write and post pictures of milestones.
I started writing and then quickly found myself recording WAY TOO MUCH STUFF because I ran out of room quickly. Every time he learned a new word or did something new, I would write it down.
So what happened?
I started writing on the computer about once a week.
Which later turned into once every few days…
And now, I find myself writing EVERY SINGLE NIGHT!
My Letter to Ethan has all my thoughts and feelings of love toward him, and it has become my second diary. It's my way to write and share my feelings with him.
Eventually I will give it to him as a gift when he grows up, but I also told my wife that, if anything happens to me while he is still young, he would grow up and know that he had a Daddy that loved him very much.
So How Did I Start Writing?
For some reason I've always thought diaries were cool as a kid.
Maybe it was Anne Frank or something, but I thought it was neat to have something where you can go back and relive your memories. (There I go again about reminiscing. Maybe I just started young.)
My first attempt in writing a diary was when I was 12 years old in the 7th grade. I just started one. It lasted maybe two weeks. I wrote about the girls I liked and about the NY Yankees. I think my mom found that diary and then confiscated it because she thought I was wasting too much time “daydreaming” and not studying.
A few years later when I was 16, I had an English teacher in my sophomore year at Stuyvesant High School in NYC. Her name was Ms. Evans.
I never liked English class, and it was always one of my worst grades because I had terrible grammar and was terrible in writing. (English being a second language had something to do with this.)
But this class was different. I actually enjoyed it, and did pretty well.
One of the things that Ms. Evans made us do was to start a diary and write in it at least twice a week. I remember how I enjoyed it, and it didn't seem like homework at all.
That laid the foundation for my diary and then three years later, during the last few days of my first term as a freshman in college, I started my diary. I had a ton of fun in my first semester in college, although I didn’t study much, and wanted to record all the fun times. That was the birth of my diary, and 21 years later, it is still going strong.
What Will I Do with My Diary
I have no idea what I plan to do with it.
My “Letter to Ethan” will be my gift to him one day.
But for my own personal diary, I never intended to sell it or have it read by others.
It is more like a gift to myself, for me to reminisce and reflect.
I've always said that I would go back and reread entries, but I hardly find myself taking the time to do that.
But whatever happens to it, it has been a big part of my life, and it allows me to vent and let it all out.
It has made life interesting and memorable.
In many ways the habit of writing daily laid the foundation for this blog.
Anyway… that's it for this week.
I just shared something very personal with you. 🙂
Do you have a diary or something special that you keep?
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