The words “journal” and “journey” have their roots in the same Latin word-–diurnus, “of the day.” Each day we travel along our life, and yes, inevitably toward our death. I know that’s unpopular to say, but it’s what makes paying attention important.
Each day is a series of moments, and then the sun sets, and the day is over. We can’t get it back. We can’t live it over. It is written in permanent ink. Each day molds us, changes us, makes us more experienced and older. Each day we become stronger in some ways, weaker in others. It’s never the same day.
So when someone asks me if I write in my journal every single day, with a slight hint of fear over the chore and obligation, I reply, “Yes, if I’m lucky.”
—Quinn McDonald is a creativity coach. She is a journalist of her own journey.