a thought on personal record keeping

The weight of what has gone undocumented can be burdensome. If you are like me, you may find the struggle to find a balance between experiencing and recording life taxing. However, I believe the record keeping process holds the potential to enrich what has been lived and release the pressure of experience, the pressure to hold onto memories. Writing relieves the mental strain required to remember, clearing the way for fuller experience of the current moment. But too much record keeping is like watching the sun set over the Taj Mahal through a video camera–You’re so busy recording what’s happening that you fail to truly experience the happening. Writing about past experiences is never an act of transcription nor is it an act independent of the present. The act recreates the memory, it attempts to reflect what was felt, and in doing so it reshapes your present moment.

 

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