Exactly two years ago today, I started filling in my One-Line-A-Day diary. I’d spontaneously ordered it from Amazon and it’s turned out to be one of my best impulse purchases yet!
Basically this is a memory book, designed to last you five years. Each page is dated and has five small sections for you to write down a short note every day. As it is now, I have an entry for every day for the past twenty-four months.
From the important things like “I got the job!” and “we signed the lease!” to the simple stuff “today I made brownies!” and “we saw The Heat in the cinema and went for cocktails after“; it’s all in there.
I don’t necessarily remember to fill it in every night but I usually catch up with it the next day. If I’m going away for a few days, I’ll even take the book with me so I can scribble down what’s going on. It only takes a minute to record an entry so it’s worth it to have some more little memories captured! I’m so glad, for example, that I brought it when we went to Barcelona because although we have (literally a thousand) photos, it’s still cool to see what stood out the most on each day of our trip.
It’s not just my own personal experiences that I document; I also include important things that are happening in my loved ones’ lives and in the world. Of course, today my entry will be about how Ireland is voting on whether same-sex marriage should be legal (I’m hoping that tomorrow I get to write in my diary that I live in a country that believes in equal rights!).
I have to say I already love flipping through the book and instantly being reminded what was going on on any particular day over the last two years. It’s actually amazing how much you’d forget! I find that the longer I have the book, the more interesting it becomes. Apart from the gold writing on the front wearing off a bit, this book is in pretty good shape! I try to look after it as it’s something I hope to hold on to forever. I really think everyone should have one of these — they can be bought online for around a tenner and they’re well worth it. I have another three years worth of space to fill in — by the time I complete the book, I’ll be nearly thirty (gasp!) so it’ll be so great to have a record of all that because who knows what will happen between now and then!