5 Things I’ve Learned About Life From a One Line a Day Book

The One Line a Day book has become a new sensation. Never heard of it? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

The owner of this book writes one line a day for five years straight, and the book works as a sort of “memory keeper” so you can look back on the fun, unusual things that have happened overtime. It’s a fun, easy twist on journaling.
I’ve recently hit the milestone of completing all five years of my book. While I’m excited to start a new project (and to eventually buy a whole new One Line a Day Book), I can’t help but look back and think about what I’ve learned.

Here are five things the One Line a Day book has taught me about life.

History repeats itself until you don’t let it.

We all have certain habits, routines, and beliefs that we follow in life. And we keep following them until we learn that they no longer work and force ourselves to change. Or sometimes, we just don’t learn our lesson…and we just keep following the same patterns.

It’s important to look back and analyze the past if we want to change our future. Do your relationships keep failing? Do you keep giving up on your goals? If you don’t look back and ask why, chances are these things may keep happening.

You’re growing more than you think.

Sometimes in life we take two steps forward and one step back. When noticing this pattern before, I’ve felt anxious and would question if I’m making the true progress that I’m supposed to in life.

However, my One Line a Day book is ultimate proof that I am maturing and becoming an adult. Because I get to see in written ink who I was and what I did for the past five years.

Maybe a year ago I simply went to work, got groceries, and spent an evening relaxing. Maybe two years ago I was going through a devastating break up. Either way, looking back and seeing my thoughts on these moments helps me remember who I was then, and how far I’ve come now.

It’s better to remember events than feelings.

Maya Angelou once said: “At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”

All my respect and admiration for Maya Angelou, but I have to disagree. When I look back on life, I remember events more than feelings. I remember what a person says, the places we’ve gone, and the things we’ve done. And even if it was years ago, I come to my own conclusions about how people’s actions have affected me or made me feel.

There have been days when I would write in my One Line a Day book something along the lines of: “I’m struggling to get through school and work recently.”

Today, I can’t remember why I was struggling, and chances are I’ll never know again. However, if I had captured the actual events of the day in writing, I’m sure I’d feel that struggle in a heartbeat.

Memories bring people closer than ever.

My One Line a Day book hasn’t only made me felt closer to myself. It has brought me closer to my friends, as well.

Many of my friends have these journals as well. We have spent hours looking back on certain days and finding out what each of us experienced and how it made us feel. And reminiscing on the past has made me more excited than ever to experience a future with these friends.

Life will always be a wave.

When I was a kid, I heavily bought into the idea of a “happily ever after.” I thought that, one day, everything would fall into place, and then I would feel a sort of inner peace wash over for the rest of my life.

Today, I’ve accepted that this will obviously never be the case. Life will always have ups and downs and new challenges that we must face — or attempt to hide from. Sometimes you’ll feel like you’re flourishing in every part of your life, and others time you’ll feel like life is crumbling from all corners. Either way, everything is going to be okay.

I’ve read through five years of my struggles, heartbreaks, successes, and joy through my One Line a Day book. And today, I still feel all of those emotions and know I have a long way to go.

Luckily, good times and good friends make it more than worth it.

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