I am taking my time as I read back through these written pages...marking entries that are poignant or sweet or funny or meaningful. For some years I used bundles of bookmarks to remind me of special days. Presently I'm using
Post-it flags to indicate noteworthy passages.
With journals you don't have to rely on a faulty memory. The days are captured on paper in your own handwriting. Events, feelings, thoughts...it's all there.
And not all my entries have been happy ones.
However, they have told what was real to me at the time.