Were you ever into journaling?
I feel like I missed out on a whole part of life because I never officially got into journaling.
Like, okay, I guess you could call this technically a form of journaling
But I'm talking FULL ON every-night-before-you-go-to-bed, writing-down-all-of-your-thoughts-and-feelings-so-you-could-look-back-10-years-from-now-and-know-what-was-going-on kind of journaling
Like, I don't know... that was just never me. Like why would I want to remember what I'm doing right now? What am I even doing right now?
Playing The Sims and drinking too much coffee, probably! Same thing I was doing in the fourth grade and same thing I'll be doing while reading those journals ten years from now.
Except by then I'll be playing The Sims 8 which will only be playable in real time and I'll never make it past my 30s in-game because by then I'll be dead in real life.
Not from like old age or whatever, but just because I'll forget to feed myself and die of malnutrition.
Do you guys also remember the, like, eternal debate over whether to call it a journal or a diary in elementary school?
I always called it a diary. But then... we see how that turned out.
Anyway, now I call it a journal and I feel like it's truly me embracing the masculine side of my personality.
ALSO! IMPORTANT QUESTION.
oh my GOD!!!!!! The memories.
Now granted those memories are cut short for me because I only used my livejournal for about 4 posts before abandoning it, much like a real journal
but I remember the sheer drama of everybody's lives just being up and open for the world to read about.
Which is weird to think about because now that's, like, how we all live our lives. Which I'm totally cool with because I've always kind of lived in that space.
But it's kind of like if you were going to an underwear party and then your entire high school graduating class decided to come with.
Like, don't get me wrong, I appreciate that you've all joined me here and it's very flattering that you all, like, "get it" now... but we don't all need to exist like this.
I promise we don't all need to be okay with everyone knowing every single detail of their lives.
Just me. Okay?
Ryan C. Robert is the writer of multiple comedy blogs, most of which are satirical and self-deprecating. He writes about his life in his personal essay series "Before Color," parodies cooking blogs in "Trish's Dishes" and posts writing prompts every single day.