I used to keep a journal. I haven’t done so faithfully since the internet. Since then I put a lot of my thoughts on blogs and email. But a hard copy of my thoughts? No, I just can’t keep a regular journal. Perhaps if printer ink were less expensive I would print out everything I write, but on our budget we can seldom afford the ink without sacrificing other needs. But writing things down by hand? My hands can’t keep up with my thoughts. I have considered dictating my thoughts on one of those little mini recorders and then writing it down. I’ve just never carried it out. I’ve been taught all my life to keep a journal. And now, when I have the most relevant thoughts, I have discontinued doing so. I try keeping a journal by my bed, but I seldom open it even when it’s right under my nose.
I think, though, that my kids are pretty aware of my likes and dislikes. Thanks to the internet they can see the things I write on Tumblr and Facebook and my own personal blog elsewhere. If they don’t read those things then there’s not much of a chance that they really understand who I am as a person.
But in all honesty I need to do a better job of actually keeping a written record of life events.