Since 2012, I’ve been writing a sentence a day on an index card summing up what I did that day so I can look back on it later and go, “Oh yeah! That! I remember that!” It’s like a low tech TimeHop. I had been doing a pretty good job with this until 2015.
2015 just didn’t get logged. It was a big year for me; a few triumphs, a few losses, but none of it really got written down. (At least not on those index cards.)
I realized as 2016 got underway that I missed being able to look back as I go forward. I know the prevailing wisdom now is to concern yourself only with being present or “mindful” and to only look forward, but as a history wonk, I find that uninspired. I like to be able to write down what I did that day, look back at what I did on past days, and see how far I’ve come.
Everything new becomes status quo so quickly, and I want to remind myself constantly of how much change is possible in such a relatively short amount of time.
Anyway, on that note, I’m going to give this blogging thing another go. At least a little bit. Haven’t decided yet if there’s going to be a theme or if it’s just going to be rambling, but I’d rather it be here than not.
Either way, I’ll keep you posted.
Happy 2016, everybody.