Since the Portland/Seattle trip last year, I switched from A5 to A6 notebooks. I used to think A5 was too small, but now, unlike before then, I tend to write “mid-air”–as in, not at a desk, but holding the notebook in the air. So, a smaller notebook is handy. I wondered if this way of note taking would end soon; it did not. I continue to keep taking notes mid-air, because inner-work-time is when I usually take notes, these days. Meanwhile, I don’t look back at past notes very often, because these notes are like status updates. They aren’t prose, they aren’t verse. They’re “This and that happen at 1700hour.” Mostly, there is no need to flip back. Also mostly, I take these notes for in-the-moment “Hey, I’m taking notes!” feelings.
Did I mention that I grabbed pencil and paper at my dol-jab-i! It’s a thing Koreans do when a kid turns 1-year-old. They place various objects in front of the kid to predict what the kid will end up becoming, later in life. (I hear other cultures have similar events. I guess it’s a global thing that people want to predict the future of a kid. It’s global, like dumpling-ish food.) I grabbed pencil and paper back then, I still grab pencil and paper whenever/wherever I can. I think I will forever like that feeling of “Hey, I’m taking notes! I don’t even care what they say!”
But also, these notes are most useful for realizing how useless the objective clock is. Sometimes, I think something happened 5 days ago but it happened 50 days ago. At other times, I think something happened 50 days ago, and it happened 5 days ago. What’s more valid, what “actually” happened or what I think happened? Answer: what I think happened, because that is actually what actually happened to me!
Also, I mean, look at these. They’re so pretty.
The above picture is very yellow because of the yellow light. But still. They’re pretty. I have 5 of these already full, and 2 in active use.
That said, my urge to always keep buying pretty notebooks had faded–or so I’d thought, until a couple of days ago.
Suddenly I wanted this:
Because, I’m already using Oasis notebooks for mid-air inner-work note-taking. And I can’t use the unused Oasis notebooks for a purpose other than that specific purpose, because then, all the various Oasis notebooks would get mixed up. So, I need a different-brand notebook!
And besides, in general, it’s not my fault that I keep buying notebooks before using up all the notebooks I already have. Recently, it’s been the fault of Japanese people for making such cute, practical notebooks. Both Oasis and Stalogy are Japanese brands, and, what, are they gonna blame me for blaming them for my purchasing so many of their notebooks? Huh? Shouldn’t have made them so cute if you don’t want me to buy them! Huh?!
The Stalogy notebook says something profound, in its tiny golden letters: What should have been, is.
I think I like this brand already. I like the paper too. The paper band around their notebook also says:
The link between stationery and people began when people first used a stick to draw on the ground. That link, time and again, has continued to evolve along with the evolution of people. However, its intended purpose has never changed, and continues to exist today. We are now rethinking this evolution. Eliminating unnecessary ornamentation and function, we are taking a new look at what’s really necessary, rediscovering essential elements and aiming to finally arrive at what should have exisetd all along.
What should have been, is.
Damn it. They keep making these beautiful notebooks and I can’t stop myself from buying them.