Document Your Life – Intro

Document Your Life
My friend, Majbritt, took this photo of me in Slagelse, Denmark (Aug. 6, 2017)

I think it’s important to document your life. I’ve been keeping a diary since I was a little girl and my Danish teacher gave me my 1st diary when I was in the 5th or 6th grade. I remember it perfectly. It was a small, blush-pink diary with a brass lock and the edges of the pages had “gold” on them.

I still keep a diary today and looking back, the only thing I regret is that I never kept my old diaries – they ones from my childhood, teenage years, etc. I always destroyed them when they were written or threw them out. It would’ve been fun to read them today or to be able to look back on my teenage years when I’m 50-60-70-80 years old. 

I’ve kept the ones I’ve written over the last years and will keep them for as long as I live. I wish my mom had kept a diary of her life and thoughts about growing up in the Philippines, marrying my dad and moving to Denmark. I wish my dad had kept a diary of his life and his travels throughout the world as a sailor.

I wish my grandmother had kept a diary of her life and living through e.g. WW2 and becoming a Jehova’s Witness later in life. I wish my grandparent in the Philippines had kept a diary of their lives growing.

It would’ve been such a tremendous legacy to leave behind – the story of a life regardless of how adventurous or how mundane. Regardless of how extraordinary or how simple a life is, there’s something completely fascinating about documenting it – preferably in details. And not just for your family to read whenever you’re dead and gone. It’s a snapshot of history, really, which others may find interesting and inspiring to read in the future.

I’ve been thinking a lot about documenting my life these past few days (as I’ve been obsessively consuming Gary Vaynerchuk’s vlogs on YouTube), and I feel like I want to do more.

I’m already into the habit of posting an image daily on my Instagram profile @toliveandtravel, which serves as a vision board of my life with a short text, but I feel like I should be documenting this more extensively and probably also in a place that I own – like this blog.

My only concern (that I’m constantly struggling with) is sharing too much, becoming too personal…which I guess is a fine line that we all have to balance in terms of sharing our lives on social media.

And also – Where do I start? How do I start? What should I write about? Everything!

I wish…I WISH that I had written documentation of my childhood, my teenage years, my 20s when I first moved away from home and really started my life as an adult. I WISH I had written documentation of my life as a 16 year old when I first started partying, drinking beer and getting interested in boys.

I WISH I had written about my life as a university student and when I dropped out of Roskilde University (RUC) after 2 semesters, had a momentary life crisis and then later started at University of Southern Denmark (SDU, Odense).

I WISH that I’d written about when I first moved to the Dominican Republic and what that was like. The whole process. ETC., ETC., ETC.

So I think this is a good place and time to START! Start documenting from today. I’m about 3 weeks into the 39th year of my life …and not getting any younger (as they say).

It doesn’t necessarily have to be pretty, it just has to be REAL.

Are YOU documenting YOUR life?

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