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Journaling Habits

The Offspring asked yesterday, “Why I was going back and kind of touching all my journal entries? Do you refer back to them often?” I tried to explain that I was moving from piece of software to another and I actually was spending most of the time tweaking metadata that didn’t move between the two. That led top “What is Metadata? And why do you care if it is consistent? And again, ‘Do you refer back to your journals?’

I explained what tags were. (like hashtags basically) And that if everything was in one place it would need to tweaked, so that when I did look something up, I would get all that was related by searching with the correct tags or sets of tags. I don’t think she got it, really. Perhaps I didn’t explain it well.

Put another way…
I’m getting old. The mind doesn’t work quite as well as it used to and even my long term memory is affected. Short term is a given with my habits (weed) of the last couple of decades. I may not be referring back to it a lot yet, but I am using my journals for (not ) just that. I do actually look back sometimes. What was my emotional state at the time or what about those around me at the time? What else was going on? What was I feeling and why? I don’t always record precisely what my mood was at any given time, but the tags I use(d) are also somewhat indicative of this.

I don’t do that just as a sort of brain dump which is what she does. But it helps to empty and calm her mind.

And I, generally when in a writing mood will write multiple entries a day. If I’ve got electronics with me, a phone or tablet, then I have the means to write, if I feel the need. She also keeps a paper journal. (I don’t) My handwriting is atrocious, so if I want to go back and read something it needs to be typed or dictated! Given the state of electronics today, I am nearly able to do that just with a PHONE!Some software agents just do not get my accent. Yet.



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Mar. 29th, 2016 10:24 am (UTC)
Haha, you were mainly being computer geek :) Although you are not like a lot of men, journalling like that, and for your memories to mean something to you.

I guess your offspring is like you in some ways but not others...

My memory does not work as well as it used to, either. I often write myself a note in big letters that I can read without my glasses on and put it on my kitchen window, where I will see it the next day and not forget to do whatever it was that I was intending! I also do other little things to help my memory, such as keep my glasses always in the same place, so that I can find them. I went though a stage 10 or even 20 years ago, when I would put something down and then not remember where I had put it. Especially if distracted. I sure hope I don't get dementia. Do.Not.Want!

But, as a granny, I have to give myself some slack :P

Edited at 2016-03-29 10:24 am (UTC)
Mar. 30th, 2016 09:10 am (UTC)
"We all gots different ways of dealin' with the same problems, yeh?"

That girl doesn't have to be like me at all. Heh. She can be who she is...

I guess I am too dependent on systems to remind me of things. I keep data on people close to me. Whatever I am using tends to remind me of potentially important things like birthdays and such. Means I don't have to remember, but never forget. I've done this kind of stuff for years now.

Dunno... Am I weird for doing this?
Mar. 30th, 2016 09:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, we all ave our different ways of dealing with things :) You're not the only man to do this, so you're not weird :P

I guess your daughter is like you in some ways but not others...like all my kids :)

You aren't dependent exactly, but choose to do it that way. Better than my way, where I do forget people's birthdays and things!
Mar. 31st, 2016 05:57 pm (UTC)
I look back occasionally, I like being able to.

Though I often roll my eyes at how shallow and immature I was just a few short years ago. Embarrassing. I suppose it's good to kind of feel sorry for the person I was then, makes it a little easier with coming to grips with the person I am turning into.

Just wish I had that old urge to write more!
Apr. 1st, 2016 12:18 am (UTC)
Change really is the only constant. I've changed a bit as well. More than a bit I guess.
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