29/04/2022

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"But at the end of the day, when you see people discussing the abuse of power, censorship issues, and just general unethical behavior, you can take pride in knowing you aren’t part of that and in your own way, you are working towards a better internet which in return hopefully translates to a better world."

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500

Yesterday, my journalling streak hit 500 days. I had been counting down from around 450 but wrote recently: "I don't know why I'm fixating on this so much." That I had already kept to it for so long was a significant achievement.

500 is just an arbitrary round number that has no real significance; just a neat and tidy indication of a continued practice that, for once, hasn't fallen by the wayside.

I don't think I've ever done something for 500 consecutive days before — it doesn't sound so much but it's a long time. I wrote this morning that the countdown to 1000 starts here but that's well over another year away. A bit bonkers when you think about it.

Patrick linked to a list of ways to increase/improve your journalling, the first is:

"Give up writing about every day of your life. Seriously, give it up."

While many may not need to journal every day, I find it better to create streaks, to build momentum. If I allow myself the freedom not to do it then I won't; I give myself permission to not journal and the practice dies. One day becomes two, becomes a week, becomes never. If, however, I gamify it then I continue, eager not to break the streak whilst enjoying its longevity.

This list goes on:

"Write about your feelings or your day only when you have something to say."

If there is nothing to say about each day, each precious 24 hours, then it's a sorry state of affairs. Each day is new and different, a fresh opportunity, an experience in its own right. There are always a few words to be found.

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