A few months ago I was listening to a particularly good episode (#14) of the excellent Analog(ue) podcast while driving. Myke Hurley (@imyke) was talking about his thoughts and emotions on his last day of employment in his “regular job” (he now works full time on the Relay.fm podcast network). As he was talking, I thought back to some vivid memories that I have of leaving places for the last time. I recalled the moment that I drove away from New York City after packing up everything that I owned and watching the George Washington Bridge get smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror. I thought about leaving the classroom at the last school I taught in before becoming a principal. I remembered leaving the rented house that my wife and I lived in and looking back at the nursery where our oldest daughter spent the first 13 months of her life before we owned our own home.
The Analog(ue) podcast is one that deals with “feels” (emotions) and as I was listening to Myke’s story I realized that I had the urge to journal about my own experiences. Once I had parked the car I opened up Day One (iOS, Mac), my journaling app of choice, and dictated a quick entry about what it felt like to leave. I now have those memories written down for posterity.
Since then, I’ve realized that nearly all episodes of the Analog(ue) podcast cause me to think about my own life experiences. Listening regularly prompts me to journal about things that I would not otherwise have thought to write down.
If you think journaling is not your cup of tea, I’d suggest listening to Analog(ue) and seeing where it takes you. For me, it regularly brings back a flood of memories or emotions that are worth taking the time to document.