How I’m Letting Go

I am burning my journals. I’m lying. I’m actually going to shred them because I don’t have a backyard to burn them in.

I thought I’d never do it. Shred the 12 years worth of notebooks and journals I’ve been lugging. They’re full of poems, pages with tear marks, to-do lists, magazine cut outs, goals, etc.

I had been very indecisive about whether or not I should burn the journals. So I asked the universe what I should do. 

Since I hope to one day publish a book or more, with my writer ego comes the idea that I will publish diaries or write a memoir, even if they are published after I die.

However, since I’m moving next summer, I keep asking myself if I really want to take a heavy box of journals with me. When I think of the move, I don’t like the idea of carrying heavy things. I want to feel light. 

I found Danielle LaPorte’s post  “Burn Your Journals. Maybe.” about letting go and burning her journals. Even though I love reading journals & memoirs, this set of journals as a whole doesn’t bring me joy.

In the post, I found the following sentences: “History is malleable because memory is subjective.” Maybe I’ll write about the same things again, but maybe with new details or from another perspective.

I will keep writing whether or not those journals exist. And if I accumulate more journals, I just might burn them again

What’s your process for letting go?


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My name is Andrea. I am a reader, a writer, and a life-long learner. Welcome. 

3 thoughts on “How I’m Letting Go

  1. That is a very good question. I think my process for letting go is in how I write, in stream of consciousness, writing as if I were the dreamer in a dream. I don’t always write this way, I don’t know if I could even if I wanted to, but hopefully something similar to this happens on my good writing days. Thanks for the question, and I enjoyed your post.

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  2. I never journaled regularly, so I don’t have stacks of those sitting around. I do, however, have various notebooks with a few journal entries here and there. Normally, I do not pay attention to them. However, when I was moving recently, and was going through my stacks of papers, I discovered some of my entries. It was amazing. I had completely forgotten about some things. It was definitely cool to read those, but I probably won’t see it until I have to do a major move next time around.

    As for letting go… I’m not sure. I just rationalize things. If it can’t be changed and it’s holding me down, I just let things go. Get rid of it.

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  3. I actually wrote a blog on burning my journals back in July. I think it’s a great idea just because it’s a great way to release the past and move on to writing something new. I wanted to just shred and throw them away but the written words are still visible. I feel that burning completely destroys the words and releases them back into the Universe to be reused in future journals. 🙂

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