March 20th, 2007
“…sometimes I wonder what the result would be if someone were to analyze my diary…” ‐ Ali Medina
I’ve always been very careful to preserve memories throughout my life, which I think is the main reason why I have always kept a diary. I will always have my diaries to remind me of high‐school crushes, the almost kisses, best friend fights, and feeling like every little thing means the world. It’s a document of myself: A way to watch how every year I am personally evolving.
However, even in the privacy of a diary we choose what to write down what we want to remember and how we want to remember it. Which is why one does not always write 100% of the truth. Writing words on a piece of paper can not only lead to consequences but it also makes those embarrassing moments or secret thoughts that we know we shouldn’t have but can’t control even more permanent.
In a sense, in keeping a diary one is manipulating the past. When we go back to read the journal we begin to remember those memories as they are written in the entry, losing those small details that we chose not to include.