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Things Everyone Who Has Kept A Journal Understands

"Okay I don't wanna split hairs here, but it's not a journal, it's a notebook. It's notes for a book."

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You were undoubtedly inspired to start a diary by one of the great diarists from history...

Samuel Pepys, Anne Frank, Virginia Woolf...
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Samuel Pepys, Anne Frank, Virginia Woolf...

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Or... the great diarists of fiction. Either's good.
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Or... the great diarists of fiction. Either's good.

You started out with one of those diaries with a padlock but you learned from your mistake when you lost the key and had to pick the lock.

Those locks were so easy to pick that you realised that they were kind of pointless anyway.
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Those locks were so easy to pick that you realised that they were kind of pointless anyway.

So you found the perfect hiding place for your diary instead.

It turns out that there is a whole Wikihow article about it. Kind of wish I'd known that a decade ago...
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It turns out that there is a whole Wikihow article about it. Kind of wish I'd known that a decade ago...

You lived in perpetual fear of your parents reading your innermost thoughts.

Classic stock photo there.
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Classic stock photo there.

The sense of terror when someone tried to read over your shoulder was second to none.

Quick! Close the book! She's right behind you! Can't you feel her breath on your neck?
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Quick! Close the book! She's right behind you! Can't you feel her breath on your neck?

You remember the indescribable pain of your diary being stolen from your rucksack and passed around the coach on the way back from some dismal school trip.

...not that that's happened to me or anything... definitely not talking from experience here... *sob*
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...not that that's happened to me or anything... definitely not talking from experience here... *sob*

Despite all this, you harboured a secret fantasy that your diary would be published posthumously, making you the voice of a generation.

People would weep as they turned the pages of your magnum opus, profoundly moved by the poignancy of your words.
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People would weep as they turned the pages of your magnum opus, profoundly moved by the poignancy of your words.

Still, you worried about how people would feel if they saw what you'd written about them.

And the thought of your crush finding out about all the wish fulfilment fiction you wrote about them filled you with dread.

Not to mention the shrine you'd constructed.
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Not to mention the shrine you'd constructed.

So you destroyed all the evidence.

And immediately regret it.

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All the precious memories! Lost forever!

But you know that when it comes down to it, you just can't quit journaling.

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Whether it's a cathartic way to make sense of your thoughts, or an obsessive need to document everything in a futile attempt to battle the ever advancing tides of your own mortality, you just love writing in your diary.

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