A decade-by-decade glimpse into the personal words and thoughts of a devoted diarist.
Photo: George Burns I've been journaling since I was 15. It's a wonder that I've managed to be a successful human being considering how pathetic I appeared in many of my daily musings. It's a testament to growth and grace that I've come this far.
I wrote a lot of bad poetry in my teens and 20s, mostly about how some guy had done me wrong. I used my journals as therapy. Oh, the time I wasted worrying about men and weight, and what other people thought!
In my 40s, I got wiser. I started using journals to express my gratitude—and watched my blessings multiply. What you focus on expands.
Now I do a combination of gratitude and trying to give some perspective to whatever I'm writing about. I prefer unlined paper to lined, and I also have an iPad app for journaling. It's astonishing to be able to track your own evolution—who I was, who I'm still becoming.
Oprah's Journal September 22, 1970
Oprah's Journal November 6, 1970
Oprah's Journal November 19, 1970
Oprah's Journal February 19, 1979
Oprah's Journal March 2, 1979
Oprah's Journal May 17, 1981
Oprah's Journal May 28 and June 1, 1981
Oprah's Journal July 12, 1985
Oprah's Journal December 26 and December 28, 1990
Oprah's Journal August 23, 1994
First reported on: the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine