While walking on the treadmill, I’ve been working my way through Monarch of the Glen on DVD. In one of the earlier episodes, Katrina and Lizzie are discussing growing up. Katrina mentions that she remembers Lizzie was always burning her journals. Lizzie replies that it was because she was always trying to make a fresh start.
I thought that was such an interesting exchange and have thought about it several times since. It also struck me because I’ve been debating for a while what to do with my old journals. Yes, they are interesting to go back and read, but I’m not sure I would want anyone else reading them. It is encouraging to see how much I’ve grown and it’s embarrassing to see some of the stupid things I obsessed over in years past.
So if I shred them, will I be sorry I did it in another twenty or thirty years? Or will it be cathartic to read them and shred them and move on in a sense?
Anyone want to share their thoughts on old journals?