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The Diary

Updated on October 2, 2010

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For centuries the diary has been used as commentary of a person's personal life. In the early centuries, a diary was used by middle and upperclassmen. Nowadays, the diary is used by all races, religions, ages, economic standings and so on and so forth.

At one point diaries (or journals) were used by women and men. In today's society men still engage in diary writing but mostly women use it as an affirmation of the days goings on.

A diary keeps the secrets of the owner and is rarely seen by the public's eyes. Blogs, however, have become a public diary of sorts. Also, diaries have been widely used for memoirs, autobiographies and biographies such as The Diary of Anne Frank.

You never know what a person's life is like until you take a look into their diary. So many of us hide true feeling about life inside of the pages of a diary. Every emotion can be found inside of these chronicles of life: happiness, sadness, anxiety, frustration, and even pain.

In my years, I've had several diaries, all of which remained hidden in places I will never tell. I went back and began reading some of the entries and realized that it's such an injustice for some of the things I wrote to remain hidden.

I came to this conclusion after years of bottling up pain and anguish to the point that I became a loose cannon. It's like shaking a closed soda bottle. If you ease the top off just a little the contents will explode everywhere. That's what life has become and I realize there is nothing else for me to write in my diary.

The realization that a lot of the things I have witnessed and gone through, others have probably witnessed or gone through something similar became evident to me. No one needs to bottle their pain to the point of explosion.

Throughout the ages diaries have helped people allow their feelings to escape the mind. Instead of just a single diary, I plan to use my future writings as a means to allow my mind a break. Also, I know that I am not the only one who needs mental release. 

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    • lonelygirl28 profile image

      lonelygirl28 6 years ago from Baguio City, Philippines

      hi trina! I don't keep track of my diary often now because of a relationship that had failed long ago.. what you've written is true. Need a break? why don't you just write it and post it..hahaha!

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      Trina Lynne 6 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      Thanks for the feedback. Writing for everyone is my diary. Most things have a little (or a lot) of truth about my own life. I'm glad you liked the article.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      My personal thoughts are "My Personal Thoughts" not for other to ever know unless I wish to share.

      Dave.

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      Trina Lynne 6 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      Totally understandable Dave. Lots of people feel this way. It's like a release therapy thing for me because I've been through a lot. Thanks for reading.

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