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For the record

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Since I was 12 years old, I have kept a journal. For the past several years, I have made a project of typing up my journals. At first, I told myself it was for posterity. Apparently I trust Google's servers more than I trust that my residence will not burn to the ground. Then I decided the purpose of typing my old journals was to have a searchable record. Wouldn't it be great to be able to quickly find the entry about my first date or what it felt like to compete in the science fair?
Then, something extraordinary happened.

As I typed, I began to see an even greater purpose to keeping a record. I'm happy to report that over the last 12 years, I have become a better person! And I have proof! I learned that I have changed slowly, like we all do. We may struggle to notice change in ourselves day to day because we change so gradually. If it were not for my journals, I would not be able to say confidently that I have gradually become kinder, more selfless, less judgmental, and …