EAT WATERMELON, OR WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL?
Having eaten our supper of hot cocoa and bread and watermelon, we soon grew weary of conversing, and writing in our journals, and putting out the lantern which hung from the tent pole, fell asleep.
Ultimately, many things have been omitted which should have been recorded in our journal; for though we made it a rule to set down all our experiences therein, yet such a resolution is very hard to keep, for the important experience rarely allows us to remember such obligations, and so indifferent things get recorded, while that is frequently neglected.
It is not easy to write in a journal what interests us at any time, because to write it is not what interests us.
‑‑Thoreau A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers