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Does anyone else have their journals from junior high school? I don't know what to do with them. I don't want to throw them away but I also can't bear to read them due to how cringe they are.

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Scan them and put them online where alien archeologists can find them.

@grumpy Yeah, I do. And my high school ones too, which are much worse.

It's taken me years to come to a modicum of peace about my younger self, because the kid who wrote those words is so very different than who I am to be today. My values have changed (and solidified) so much, and I was not there in middle and high school. But as the years go on, I'm developing an ability to accept not just the physical reminders, but also the younger, rougher version of myself they represent, and to acknowledge the shame I feel as a reflection of how much I've grown.

Anyway, for the physical books, I keep 'em around. I may eventually stash them in a storage bin or something, but preserving them (and all my journals) is pretty important to me.
@grumpy I’d suggest you to keep them and show them to your eventual kids/nephews so that they can relate with your younger self.
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