Kenlie’s Personal Life Inventory

During my blogging break I did some journaling with a pen and paper, and I started with an inventory of my life.

Kenlie's Life on Paper

I faced my past a long time ago, but there are still periods in which I recall very little. There are also parts that I don’t like to think about, and I’ve decided that’s okay. My guess is that most of us have memories that we love to remember and others that we wouldn’t mind forgetting. That’s life, isn’t it?

Dad helped me develop the timeline because there was a lot that I didn’t recall. I talked about the list I made with Mom and Dad, and It was enlightening to compare my view of the past with the views of my parents.

Looking back on the past doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I faced it and realized that it wasn’t so bad. Sure, there are things I wish I hadn’t done, but I also reached a point in which I forgave myself.

Writing it all out on paper made allowed me to examine it without anxiety or shame, and now I’m back to looking at the present and the future.

My past is part of who I am, but that’s all it is. It doesn’t define me, but it does encourage me to do what I can to live a life of happiness and fulfillment now.

Have you ever looked back at your past in this way? Did it help you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Kenlie’s Personal Life Inventory

  1. Mike

    Hi Kenlie. Yes I have done this, many times. Some memories I look upon bring me joy. Other memories I look upon, bring me great sadness. But I think that it’s important to look back at one’s past and remember where you came from. Journaling is especially helpful in this process as it allows you to get your feelings out and on paper so you can see them. Very helpful indeed. More to come later!

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    1. Mike

      I’m back. Sorry to split my reply up like this. Was having technical difficulties earlier.
      Anyway, I think that this is a great idea Kenlie. As I mentioned in my last reply, I have kept numerous journals over the years, and each one is always a bit different. Things change, I change, my writing style and ability change, and so on. As far as recalling old memories, I find that the difficult/sad/painful memories are easier to bring up than the happy and joyous ones. They are often painful for me to remember and even to write down. But once I do, I actually feel a sense of relief and almost a sense of completion once I get them all down on paper. That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel the pain and sorrow associated with said memories, but by writing them down, I almost feel a sense of control. They lost their “grip” on me because I got them out and on paper. I think that alone takes an incredible amount of courage just to recall such memories because it can be a painful experience.
      So yes, I think that what you’re doing is an outstanding idea Kenlie. I encourage you to keep going with your journal keeping.

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    2. Kenlie Post author

      It really helped to look at my life so far and where I want it to go. I’m glad I’m not the only one! 🙂

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    3. Kenlie Post author

      It definitely is helpful. There were moments of sadness, but for the most part the good outweighs the bad. It helps to see that too.

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      1. Mike

        Yes, it creates a good balance. The bad helps you to learn from your mistakes while the good encourages you to move forward. I think it’s how we all grow into becoming better people. I try to strive for this daily.

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  2. Kath

    No I haven’t done this
    I truly can’t remember much past or present I think it is the antidepressant

    Sounds like a great idea .. I do love the pen and paper journal

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      I live in a digital world, but I do enjoy pen and paper too. Apparently I just use pen and paper, then take pictures of it. lol

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  3. Nan

    Yes, I do it often. Unfortunately I can’t remember much before I started kindergarten. I do have very good memories of my grade school years. I went to a little rural school until 4th grade and was way ahead of the public school kids when we moved into ‘town.’ I’m the oldest of 6 but can’t remember anything about the birth of my closest sibling when I was 3 1/2. I think unusual/out of the ordinary events are what we remember the most and my childhood was pretty tame.

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    1. Kenlie Post author

      I have a few distinct memories prior to kindergarten, but I don’t remember much before that either. That’s normal, isn’t it?

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  4. diaryofweightloss

    Yes I do an inventory about my life. Though more of a form of a diary. It greatly helps me in reflecting things and events that happened in my past and how can I learn from my past deeds. It also helps me to reshape my future and be wiser with my decisions, both in living a healthy lifestyle and in other aspects of my life.

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