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Documenting Memories

24 / 04 / 2016

I do rather enjoy making big brainstorm mind-maps full of ideas surrounding schools of thought I might have. I feel as if it is not only a good mental exercise, but an interesting documentation of memories and ideas to look back on as a source of motivation in uninspired times. Sometimes just the mere act of writing down something, whether that be a concern, errand to run or friend to get back too, can relieve the burden one has by an unimaginable amount. In a sense, this makes writing things down a source of release, as you officially get it out of your buzzing brain (or at least that is the idea) and onto something tangible that can be put on the bookshelf, burnt or simply forgotten about.

But with this documenting that humans have done as long as we've had access to diaries and ink wells, it makes me wonder whether we are too obsessed with documenting. Does it make situations less special when half the crowd are documenting their beloved daughter get married, by flashing their cameras left right and centre. Similarly, does writing blog posts about weddings, holidays and our stressful Tuesday night really benefit us in anyway, other then causing us to muddle in the past more then necessary. I think with so much digital social media, there certainly is a real danger, that we a living, being that we are so often taken from the present, living our lives in a constant static haze.

Putting the digital avenues of documentation aside, I still think there are is a point to physicalising an internal struggle or thought. While initially it might seem as if one point in human history, talking was the only means of dwelling on our own ideas, and at one point this was mostly true, there was still aboriginal "cave men", who carved stories onto stone walls and into rocks. Now I might not be a wiz-bag, uber-present, junior Eckhart Tolle, but I know that as time has gone on, especially since the industrial revolution, us humans have become more and more "unconscious" as time passes by. Hence suggesting that even these early people who took part in the act of documenting and expressing, where very much in the present.

So I am taking from this that it can be part of a healthy balanced, "conscious" lifestyle. After-all, if it's a time when we look into all corners of our brains, searching for ideas, concepts and memories, then surely that process of looking inwards is being "present" in itself. My mind-map making and journaling will continue, but just thought this little line of thinking was worth sharing to point out that just because we are looking "back" or "inwardly", doesn't mean we are not staying with the "now".