Day 1, Page 1 of my new travel journal…
Now… where shall I begin?
Don’t want to mess it up and ruin it with the opening line…
Day 15, (still) Page 1 of my (now not so) new, but still empty travel journal…
There are times when ‘something‘ is better than nothing -
A ‘bad’ opening line is better than no-opening line.
The ‘I want to get it right‘, is a sad excuse.
Imagine, in 5 years time, this journal resurfaces from the bottom of a long forgotten stored box, you open it and cast your eyes down and…
the pages are still blank, still a vacant virginal white.
Then imagine opening it to see a scrawly spidery immature handwriting of a younger you, endeavouring to express a moment with a cheap biro pressing into the paper.
No matter what it looks like… what it says… you’ll be thrilled at the revelation. A window that welcomes you back into a world of first time sights and experiences and that feeling of being truly alive.
The ‘something‘, the ‘anything’, that fills the pages will delight no matter what, and will draw a warm burgeoning smile as you flick through the leaves.
We’d all like to create something perfect – or at least as good as the first draft of a to be published novel – but its sadly those high falootin aspirations that cast a shadow of vulnerability on our capability. The fear of showing ourselves up to be poor at composition or have messy handwriting means rather than put ourselves on the line, expose our human weaknesses, we choose not to take the risk.
But nothing on the page, will tell you nothing of where you were and how you felt -
You can always do better some other time – but some other time, won’t be now – And ‘now’ is a precious passing unrecoverable moment.
Carpe diem – Seize the day
Do you have an untouched journal lurking?
And if not, what is your secret as to how you ‘start’?