I write every day. Problem is that what I write becomes outdated about an hour after I finish writing it, sometimes even before I finish or publish, thus I don’t bother to publish. This leads to a file FULL of “drafts” of pieces I’ve written, half-written, saved and just never took all the way to publishing. This happens here on this platform and others. It’s frustrating. Thus, I am forced to re-think my writing – at least on some topics, current events and politics being top-of-mind in this thought process.
My brain tends to jump from topic to topic some days. I want to write about this, that or the other thing and then nothing gets done – or completed. I’m thinking that some of this is exacerbated by the speed of life in today’s world; computers and the internet. Before the speed jump in 1990 I didn’t find this to be an issue. I’d get an idea, type out a piece and add it to one of my topic binders or maybe send it off to be published. Done.
I still have those old binders. Like everyone my age we have a lot of paper from years before computer storage ability. We’re generally not sure of how to handle these boxes of paper; boxes of documents validating our lives. Boxes of old journals, my topic binders, things we saved that were printed. What to do with them now? Again, a question that pings around inside my head searching for the proper answer.
When I’ve discussed this dilemma I get the general run of suggestions: scan the important stuff and put it in your cloud, then go back and see what you can do with it. Maybe edit and publish? Write that proverbial book? And once it’s safely scanned I can have a nice fire pit evening or two sitting outside, sipping on a cold drink and burning the evidence.
I’ve also got a ton of paper pictures, pictures of people I can no longer place names on, Army buddies, old homes, apartments, ex-lovers, and photos of people, places and things that no longer hold any sentiment. Those all need to be part of the fire pit nights as well.
You have to do this eventually. If you don’t do it with your personal papers and photos then when you take the long dirt nap someone else will be up here going through YOUR stuff, seeing YOUR old love letters from that hot chick in California or one you were with during your college or Army years. I know I don’t relish that idea at all. I want to deal with this myself and not leave it for others to deal with or see. Most of it’s harmless, but some is private and I wish it to remain so.
So, my own personal paper purge needs to happen. While I am generally still cooped up due to Covid-19 it’s a good task to undertake. And see? It’s even given me a little topic to bang out a paper that I can post on my WordPress. AND it’s given me the motivation to get this project started.
I’m going to start by making a quick 5 point plan of action. That way the project will be completed and not left half-way through! I am someone who functions best with a list, so an action plan list will work perfectly for this task. I’ll be doing that with my morning coffee. It will also keep me from thinking about the news for some good periods of time today. It’s NOT a one day job. It will take one day to organize it so that I can go through the stack of boxes and totes and separate them into which to start unpacking first. I’ll let you know my progress on this one.
Enjoy your Thursday…the weekend is approaching, my anxiety is building again…please stay safe, stay home and stay healthy!