Some things can’t be captured in photographs.
Sometimes you need a way to remember the details of life that would get lost otherwise. They are the things that set the context, the scene of all your memories, and when you remember those tiny details, they make you feel like you are right there living it again.
Those juicy details are the kind that you take for granted because they are a regular part of your day, but eventually they won’t be. And to remember them, it helps to have a “Day in the Life” journal entry.
This isn’t the kind of note-taking that you would want to do all the time. It takes considerable effort to pay attention and jot down notes during the day. I did this one day recently, and the time before that was a couple of years ago.
To make it easier, I leave my laptop on the table and keep a text file open throughout the day. I quickly type a note as I walk by, and then go on. And how detailed should it be? As much or as little as you want. Just enough to be able to remember what it felt like to be there.
Somehow the simple act of noticing everything so that you can write it down helps to seal it in your memory. You would think that it would be hard to get a lot of things done on a day that you write about, but you actually end up doing more since you pay such close attention. Or maybe you realize just how much you do throughout a normal day.
6:43 p.m. I call my Dad to wish him Happy Birthday.
I’d like to have a collection of Day in the Life entries to look back on, one every couple of years. Not too many, so I won’t get bogged down, but enough to see how quickly life changes. Have you ever tried it? (Christmas time is a great time to try it, since there are so many fun things happening.)