Thursday, 12 March 2009

Should I Burn My Diaries?

I really don't know if I should keep onto them or burn them? I have kept a diary since I was 10 years old and I have went through phases of using diaries I have around 10 complete "books" but some of the diaries are filled with unhappiness and despair because I write more when I am upset and I'm not sure if it is healthy to keep onto these things? Some are filled with regrets, ideas, poems and some are just me being horrible and questioning things. If I was to die then do I really want people to see these and judge from what I have written about the character I am? I really don't know! In one way it is sometimes nice to look back and realise how trivial things seemed. Sometimes it is nice to look back and see that I have managed to keep my humour through-out but it is such a hard thing to decide what to do? would you keep them or burn them? I have also kept all the letters I have ever received and Don't forget I have thousands of erasers too. Can you tell I'm a hoarder at all? Maybe this is not healthy though!

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12 comments:

  1. I would keep them, unless getting rid of them would provide a catharthic release. Some 12 step programs advise to burn or destroy old writings and the negativity that goes along with them. I've found reading them helps me, though.

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  2. i think you should learn from them. you should make peace with your past, not destroy all relics.

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  3. I have the same problem! I still write quite a bit, but when I was younger I poured myself into blank pages, from stupid things like sibling rivalry to real things like what hopes I had for myself. Others are short stories that experiment with different styles and techniques than I might have usually used, and now that I go back and read them I wonder if I really want someone coming across these things when I'm gone . . . I like having them around for my own sake, but having someone else read them is another deal . . . just read the unabridged diaries of Sylvia Plath and ask yourself if she really wanted the world reading detailed descriptions of boogers . . . your call ;)

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  4. I still don't know what to do in the poll people say don't but i'm still not sure i am finding it so hard to make up my mind! it is really good to hear what people think though and get all the different reason why to burn them and why not to hopefully i will be able to make up my mind at some point so far it's leaning on the "not to burn" side though.

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  5. I am all about starting fresh so I would burn them. I never kept a diary I have always been a letter writer. I write them and keep them. Then when the drama that caused me to write the letter is over I get rid of the letter. I never want to read them again I just want to move on.
    But you gotta do what you gotta do. Do you still feel the need to read them? if so keep them if not burn um!

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  6. I don't really want to read them apart from the poems but the writing is so upsetting sometimes it just makes me cry! it's that bad lol

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  7. No, if anything they are memories of someone you once where. They are your life's journey to the place ur and will be. If anything put them all together and make an intro that goes with them. Long or short just explaining to anyone and yourself that this is what was, and not always, and that it is part of the past and not the present or the future. Think of it as a side note. And while ur at it start a new journal or something or print out ur blog or turn it into a book and add that to your collection of life's journey.

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  8. Although you say you don't want to read through them, how about turning them into a secret blog that only you can see?
    It may be hard at first but you could write each diary entry as a blog post. Then if you did decide to destroy the books you would still have it all on a blog if you ever felt the need to read any of it. Just a suggestion.

    I had one diary that was very personal from when I was around 16-17 and I have destroyed it, it felt good writing it down but I hated the idea of someone sitting reading it other than myself.

    I keep an online dream diary now, because my dreams are very visual and writing them down helps me to stop dwelling on them and get's them out into the universe. It isn't a secret blog but I do leave parts out that are too personal.

    Hope you figure out what to do.

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  9. I'd keep them as an historical record. I don't keep a diary but I do keep my appointment calendars from each year (which act as sort of a diary) and I can check back several years to see what was happening to me on a certain day years ago.

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  10. i would burn them. im a major hoarder too, and i find it really hard to let go of stuff.. and like you, i write a LOT. especially when im down. lately ive been reading through all my old diaries and then throwing them away. it feels really refreshening.

    keep your poems, though!

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  11. well i still have them at the moment I'm going to wade through them when I have a bit of time and then make up my mind. Thanks for voting and sharing your opinions on it! I think I will keep some stuff and burn the rest!

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