Why did you start using a diary or what has that helped you to do or given you over your Decades of doing it because I've spoken to many people on this podcast who Journal often they have different forms of journaling including a name. We talked about very briefly before recording Josh waitzkin, very different approaches a very different reasons. What is it that you've gotten from having a diary and maybe it's changed over time. Yeah,
it's evolved. I mean Diary started off like I think most people's Diaries. Do you write things down when you're not in a good place or you're lost and you know my early diary entries were the why what where when house you know, the
existential question of
what is going on. Does it matter who am I? Oh my (expletive), this should so my girlfriend broke up with me. I lost it started off with that. So I've noticed that I started writing down when I was in times of distress or disillusion and then I started to say well, wait a minute. You gotta just like that augmenting a book by hook or by crook. You read it three times a day. I was like, we're going to write my diary everyday McConaughey. And so when did I when do when do most of us including me not right in our diary when things are going great. Oh, I got it figured out. I'm not gonna need you take time to go be introspective and write down my thoughts everything to everything is a green light. It's great. Well, no I said, hang on a second. We're going to Pindar life a diary original use of a diary is to dissect failure or or disillusion. I think there's some prudent and let's dissect success. Let's dissect what's going on when things are going well. That's let's write in this diary when you feel like everything's clear and you feel strong and confident significant and you feel like yourself. So I started writing in my diary when things are going well and then started to map out certain things about found that what that did is when I I would get in a proverbial rut later. I could go back to that diary and look at what was I writing? What was I doing when I felt like everything was lickety-split and I had it everything handled and I found consistencies. I found it from what I was eating to who I was hanging out with how much sleep I was getting two beauties in the world that I was noticing and really were affecting me how I approach people. How is approaching the day how is approaching conflict? How is approaching and taking in things that Success and I found consistencies and then so sometimes it's going back in those Diaries reading what I was writing when things were going well would help get me out of a rut later on in life when I wasn't doing so well and I remember this early on in college. It's a reason that my buddy as its mentioned earlier. Ah, Bill Maher said you should go into storytelling business is I was writing short stories, but I was also writing things down idiosyncrasies. I myself was really going to get to know myself. I would always when I'd be in a movie theater. Later, I always laughed. I thought the funniest jokes. I'd laugh. I be the only one laughing in the theater and I never thought the stuff that everybody laughs that was funny the collective laughs I never even giggle that was like Alan very funny, but I'll add Halas without that like and no one else will happen is like no one else thinks it's funny. I would say that in the theater. I found that I cried at things that other people didn't cry out. Like I've never really cried a death. Weep Earth begins always have made me cry more than proverbial ends. So I started writing these things down and first was feeling like are you weird? Okay, is this Odd as this is this? Okay. Can you be this kind of a person and got the comments go? Yes, you can it's okay, but let's write down those things. Let's write down. What makes you laugh. What makes you happiest what makes you sad what makes you angry and don't worry if it's the collective choice of majority just what what does it mean to you and write those things in and so that led to Character I believe it led to my own character led to me being able to maybe go play different characters to understand than empathize with different people and have the that different people have different things that turn them on and turn them off at different times.
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