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NOSTALGIA BOX: the secret diary

It still makes sense to keep a secret diary in 2020?

By Myra Geraldine Meterangelo

It’s a show that may not get you hooked up at the first episode, but starting from episode two you won’t have a choice and will only want to go on with the episodes. Why?

Because Anne, in the story inspired by the book written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, with her (sometimes excessive) good mood and a daydreamer way to look at the world, will free herself from every prejudice and fight daily to see her dreams come true, without trying to hide her own weaknesses.

 
 
 
 
 
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Her most important ally? Writing. Letters and beautiful personal diaries, embellished with flowers, colors, and whatever Nature, one of Annie’s best friends, could offer.

The secret diary

So I found myself wondering if I could own a secret diary again and, right after, what kind of sense something like this could’ve had in 2020.

But the meaning I was looking for was there and, maybe, other than the proverbial smell of ink and paper, although nowadays we have devices and apps that can easily substitute a piece of paper, a pen, an agenda or a diary, through handwriting I feel I can properly visualize all I have in my mind.

But writing as a resource for yourself is not exactly fresh news, because it doesn’t need much rules and allows us to stimulate our mind. A diary is a way to keep track of emotions but also personal experiences you carry on daily, week by week.

The most famous secret diaries

Writing in general represents one of the greatest ways not only to express yourself but also to free yourself. Signs, symbols, icons can all live together in the same space and, in these days, this is something we feel like common knowledge (thanks Peirce!)

And if you ever feel some sort of block when you try to put down your thoughts and shape them, a small advice is to think that all the greatest minds, scientists and artists kept daily diaries and notes to fix and frame somewhere all the material that their brains were producing.

Three diaries you may not know:

  • Tennessee Williams. The writer, author of the plays “A streetcar named Desire” (1947) and “Cat on a hot tin roof” (1955), used to note all his most private thoughts on his diary, all the obsessions and anxieties that inevitably influenced his productions. His diary was the link between his old self and his present one. Only in the 2000s this thoughts were finally published, edited by Margaret Bradham Thornton, titled Notebooks.

  • Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan & The Band carried out a concert tour that lasted two months in early 1974. During this experience Bob Dylan marked reality and imagination within his diary, between poetry and narration.
  • Doris Lessing. British writer, Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007 and narrator of free women. In "Under my Skin" Lessing writes an autobiographical account of her life, from birth to the crucial events that have helped her to better understand herself and her literary style.

The secret diary terrible nostalgia

Having a own secret diary doesn’t only rhyme with childhood and dreams too big to come true. Noting your thoughts, keeping track of what is happening to ourselves every day, can be a useful introspective journey that will help you follow a groove towards a better handling of the changes of your life. Or it can just help us remember that we can be great and too many times we tend to forget that our daily life is not only built by weaknesses. We can be full of strengths!

A diary represents also an extremely personal moment, some sort of a reminder, an alert that should push us through the course of the day, encouraging to find a moment to think about ourselves. To look at yourself and be grateful for what you are and how you achieved it you won’t need much time, 5 minutes a day can be enough.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Five Minute Journal was created by Alex Ikonn and UJ Ramdas. After all five minutes, every day, are enough to record thoughts and behaviors from our life, to find the best version of yourself, try to be what you want to be without fears or prejudice, welcoming our weakness and enhancing positive experiences.

A secret diary is a beautiful way to keep dreaming and cherish our childish and purest inner part.