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0 posted 12-28-2000 08:46 PM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Someone in another forum said something and I went to get confirmation before I posted and it was only when I looked that I realised I was looking at a diary and on the front cover was written " Scene 1976" don't have much to remind me of my life as a teenager but had to smile when I read some of the entries...

For instance, one entry on Tuesday, 13th January 1976 spoke about having my hair cut for £0.65...ROFL...that wouldn't even buy a bar of chocolate now..*g* but my world was all about trying to live in the future and it seems that I was really trying but also that I seem to be making the same mistakes even now...I'd just landed a job in a club, I'd met a young man who laughed with me, was sharing a house with 3 others...and it seems weird to be reading my words 24 years on...

Does anyone else have something like that: something they wrote that can't be changed about how they felt so far back in time and if so, does it feel as weird as it does to me now to know I still have the same thoughts and yet I'm so much older....

I guess I'm asking:

Does life change us?

Does our perception, our errors/mistakes change life?

Or do we just get lucky - now and then?

Is your life better or worse than x number of years ago or is it just that you expect less now than you did then?

Maybe I should post this elsewhere.. )

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1 posted 12-28-2000 09:24 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

LOL Cindy, I wish I did have a diary to refer back to, to see how I have changed and how I have stayed the same over the years, Lord knows I can't remember! ROFL  
Yes, I do think life changes us, without a doubt.
Yes, I do think our errors/mistakes have an impact, a definite impact, on the life that we experience.
And yes, I think we do get lucky, awfully lucky, from time to time!  

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2 posted 12-28-2000 10:01 PM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

My oldest existing Journal goes back to about 1980. That year, as well as the next three years, consists of handwritten pages in three-ring binders, numbering probably about 2,000 pages. Somewhere in the early- to mid-eighties I switched over to an electronic Journal, the first using an old word processor called FrameWorks. Some years were light, some far heavier (upwards of 1,200 single-spaced pages one year). All of my Journals, for the past twenty years, still exist.

Unfortunately, as interesting as your question is, I can't readily answer it. To do so, I'd have to revisit those years and I just wouldn't know where to start. Maybe some day…

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3 posted 12-28-2000 10:31 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Cindy, months back after first arriving at Passions, I went looking for my journal of poems and fortunately, found at least one of the books...I know there was another for some of the parts of poems I remember are not in this book...I recall transferring some of the poetry to this more current book, and some of them date to 1968...

I've lost all track of diaries, I may have had one or two...

but here in the blue pages, often I get sparks of memory floating in from another poet's muse and/or imagination and it brings back a scene so vividly I can hardly wait to write of it...

such as you here have sparked other memories...

I do love going through old magazines and seeing how we lived and how much it cost to us "get by"...

this is a wonderful thought and I am glad you posted it!  A marvelous tribute to the end of a century...thank you!

If I whisper, will you listen?...
I would rather be silent and write, than speak loudly and be bound.

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4 posted 12-29-2000 05:11 AM       View Profile for Poertree   Email Poertree   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poertree

hi Cindy ...i'm back (just recuperating from

one of the things i really miss is not having anything to read from my childhood or teens - not one thing!  oh,apart from a log of a walk over the 14 peaks of snowdonia which comes off as so insufferably conceited that i can't bear to look at it .....LOL... hummm ..maybe i haven't changed that much ...~grin~

hope to catch up with you soon

see ya

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5 posted 12-29-2000 01:40 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

I haven't been alive long enough to say "wow........something i wrote in the 80's"........Last time I checked......the oldest I was in the 80's was 6yrs old...or 7....yep.

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

I hate your socks. I'd like to burn them!

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