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November 12th, 2003
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Another thing I get out of LiveJournal
As evidenced by my previous post, posting in LiveJournal helps me reach decisions. I would not have decided to go ahead and sign up for the class today if I hadn't typed about it in my journal. See, I think best by talking. Unlike normal people, it is very difficult for me to just sit by myself and think about something. I've found that I think best when I'm talking to someone else. I discovered that email lets me do the same thing. Then I discovered that LiveJournal lets me do the same thing. It has a bit of a different quality, since it's not directed at a single person. But it still works. And it helps that it's public, so that I feel some accountability for the decisions that I reach, which makes it more difficult for me to back out of them, which is a good thing. So, yeah.

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From:emotionalgoat
Date:November 12th, 2003 12:13 pm (UTC)
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I totally agree with you. LJ helps me talk it out, too. Do you ever read over your old entries and think about your choices in your life since then? I do with the more recent stuff, but I'm afraid to touch the stuff dating back 10 years or so. I know I was making the wrong choices then.
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From:queue
Date:November 12th, 2003 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Whenever I've gone back and read my old entries, the thought I have most is how different my life is now. I don't generally think about the choices I made that got me to where I am, though.

I also am left a bit mystified at times, because I didn't put every detail into the entry and now I can't remember what the details were. There are times I think I want to write companion private entries to public entries where I don't want to make all details public, but I'm way too lazy to actually do that.
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From:emotionalgoat
Date:November 12th, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Hahahah! I've thought about doing that too, but my life is honestly WAY too innocent now to worry about what my mom might read. If I transcribed all the stuff from my sordid youth into LJ (I've actually thought about doing that, but I'm much too busy), I probably would make those entries private.

I agree, too, with the details thing. I read somewhere (when I first started to journal) that if you just kept track of mundane details (what you had for breakfast... what you do before you go to bed) readers 100 years from now would be astounded by it. Just look at Laura Ingalls Wilder. People write cookbooks based on her books just so you can re-create that 1880s prairie lifestyle, if you dare.
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From:lyadann
Date:November 12th, 2003 01:23 pm (UTC)
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Unlike normal people, it is very difficult for me to just sit by myself and think about something.

So, I'm not "normal"? ;) It's very difficult for me to just sit by myself and do *anything*, including think about something.
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From:queue
Date:November 12th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
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You're definitely not normal, but in a good way :-)

Really, though, I'm not sure what is normal. All I know is that it seems I run into problems a lot because other people aren't like me in this regard. So I assumed that that was normal. But maybe it's just the people I hang out with.
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