By: Breana Intlekofer
When I was in high school, a family friend told me that during her college years, she started writing down facts about her day in her agenda on a regular basis. She was so excited to be starting college, and she wanted to be able to look back and remember as much as possible about that time of her life.
On days that weren’t especially eventful, she wrote about small things she saw or did, like watching a sunset from her dorm room or shopping with friends. But on most days, she filled the day slots in her calendar to the brim with sentence after sentence detailing exciting adventures and fun events.
But, what I loved most about this new, daily tradition of hers was that she didn’t leave out her bad days as if they hadn’t existed. Instead, she scribbled down her anger or disappointment on the days when life was tough. She didn’t hide the fact that college wasn’t some perfect sitcom that so many of us perceive it to be.
When I asked Aunt Nancy (as I like to call her) why she took the time to do this every day, her answer was simple. She wanted to be able to flip back through those old agendas and recall specific days and moments of her youth and young adult life, even the moments that may have seemed insignificant at the time.
The day after Aunt Nancy told me all of this, my 16-year-old-self began writing in my agenda every day. I wanted to remember my life in the same ways that Aunt Nancy had described. The idea that I could look back on my life and not remember sections of it completely terrified me for some intense reason. Because, to me, writing moments down can keep memories alive in a way that pictures and spoken words cannot.
It’s six years later and I still write about my days in every agenda I use. My passion for writing is due, in large part, to Aunt Nancy’s willingness to share her little tradition with me. And I am incredibly thankful.
Our generation is fortunate enough to have access to so many outlets that provide us with a platform to write about whatever we want, whenever we want. We can type out a post on Facebook and, in a matter of seconds, the world will see it. The same goes for Instagram, Twitter, Blogging, and so many other social media platforms.
And, although what you write might be only online, you know the saying…
“Everything posted on the Internet is there forever.”
That is a scary thought for some, but it also means that your words, just as if you had written them out by hand, will still be there when your memory may fail. Whether it’s a Facebook post, a quick Tweet, an Instagram caption, or a few words scribbled in an agenda – just write!
Because who knows? What you write today may give you the chance to relive moments that you might have long forgotten. I mean… Allie wrote about her life and love in The Notebook for a reason. Cheesy reference, I knoooow, but you get what I’m saying.
I hope I’ve been successful in encouraging a least a few of you to start writing about this cherished life we live. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
By: Breana Intlekofer