March 11, 2019

Journaling as a Personality Backup

I often struggle with my tone and sincerity of my daily journaling. Why should I spend time giving depth to thoughts I’m probably going to remember with just some short words?

Today I was reminded of the movie Regarding Henry, where Harrison Ford’s character forgets his personality after being shot. For sure his journey would have been different — and likely ruined an excellent movie. But the exercise of writing to a version of myself that has forgotten what myself means, struck a chord.

Visualizing the target reader is an often repeated writing advise, and thinking of blank future me sounds like a compelling exercise. It puts me in a clearer mindset of what I should put an effort in detailing and what not.


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