Reality is taking risks, having adventures and in short, stepping outside the box.
Stepping outside the box in journaling means focusing on capturing every aspect of an event or time. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
Reality TV shows have become so popular that on any given night you are sure to find at least one or two. They seem to have it all wrapped up in each show. The good, the bad and the ugly. I am really not sure why they have become so popular, but for me the interest lies in the fact that I can catch a glimpse of other people’s realities once in awhile. I can feel comfortable knowing that while my life is full of plenty of good, I’m not always brave enough to commemorate the bad and the ugly. But on reality TV it is all there.
For instance, one popular MTV reality series, “The Real World”, seems to have taken the world by storm. This was the basis of almost all reality TV. This is where it started. It tells of the lives of seven strangers that were picked to live in a house and have their lives taped. This is as good as it gets. The good, the bad and the ugly!
In one episode in particular, which was only a half hour of time, it showed the group having car issues, being late for work, one person never showing and of course the whole episode ended with an argument.
I realize we don’t always want to include all the bad, but what harm would it do to create a scrapbook layout about your car problems, or the annoying co-worker at your job that doesn’t do anything all day. What about the annoying person you were behind today that confirmed your major pet-peeve of slow drivers?
These are not normal things to scrapbook about, but why not?
Why not scrapbook about when you got fired at sixteen from your job because you called in sick too much. Or about the time you got sick from a night of partying with some friends? Or about the traffic ticket you got when you double parked or were speeding 15 miles over the speed limit?
These are definitely moments we might rather forget, but they are also a piece of who we are. If you are worried about other’s reading your journaling before you are ready, include it in a hidden format. This ensures that children, whom you might not be ready to read your mishaps, or maybe your in-laws who think you are the perfect daughter in law and could do no wrong, won’t see who you really are. But in time, you might not care.
It’s leaving a legacy no matter what you include – so try it. Include the good, the bad and the ugly and see how great it can be!
You might get a few laughs, you might feel better and most of all, you might just realize you aren’t alone in your mishaps!