A refuge for free thought
Filling in the Blanks – Old Journals
I remember that! Was something I remember saying when I picked up that old journal that my parents bought for me in the early 90’s. A neuroscientist in an article once stated that the Human memory is dodgy and unreliable; this is because the way in which we remember things isn’t accurate — we fill in the blanks based off of small chunks of information that we retained. We remember more, if we have larger chunks of uncorrupted data to pick from. That’s why, when in the early 2000’s, as I picked up that old journal and turned the pages — days that never even remembered came flooding in like it was yesterday. Never underestimate the power of a journal. Furthermore, from experience, never allow the outside influences around you to keep you from keeping a log of your days. I had done this because my journal has either been put aside due to the pressures of the day, or in other cases, when I once had a Live-Journal, it had even gotten me fired after revealing incriminating information about a fellow employee back in 2001 which led to a mans termination and dismissal from a college setting.
It’s important to remember that, as long as you are truthful in your journals, only let the right people know about them, and being selective about what you post in a public journal, the journal is a powerful tool for introspection into your past and shaping your future. I only wish I had not let the negative aspects of keeping a journal dissuade me from continuing on in the process. Keep a journal. You don’t have to have your whole day in it. It doesn’t even have to be about your day. Sometimes, just your thoughts will remind you of the rest.
Now that Facebook has become a way in which to control people through their products and services (and bringing services by companies that are own owned by Facebook into the fold), free speech is further curtailed and punishable by the removal of services and hobbies that I love. This place will now be the place where I can openly talk about my thoughts, feelings, opinions, and daily life on the side; unhindered by the corporate oppression that surrounds some of the more accessible sources of information on the internet.
I know that this means that my thoughts and opinions will be less-viewed by those around me but — at least I can share them without fear of being blocked, punished, or otherwise thrown out of my hobbies for being honest with myself, and others’. Even if nobody reads what I have to say, at least it’s here and accessible. If you are reading this, thank you and please, stay tuned.