Memories are great.
Until you forget them....
In 1999 I arrived at the largest swamp in the world in the midst of a forgotten civil war on a new career path.
I had a feeling there would be some new experiences.
So before I had left home now 4000 miles behind me I had committed to keeping a daily journal for the duration of the job. Nothing fancy. Just a plain unlined notebook was sufficient to record the things to come and to make sure I didn't forget them.
I was starting off as a first-time humanitarian aid worker who had swapped selling shoes in a sports shop in Ireland for the title of emergency logistician in a mud hut in what is now South Sudan. At that time I didn't really know what logistician even meant (let alone how to spell it) but the organisation was content with my common sense attitude to pack me off to Africa where I dived in to learning by doing. For me, these five randomly chosen entries are like puzzle pieces from that time which make up the jigsaw of my current career.
It's been fifteen years since that journal was written but just the smell of its cover and the sight of blood, sweat and tears on the actual pages take me straight back to those eventful and life changing days. Technological advances today offer us many electronic and virtual writing platforms but I prefer putting pen to paper. [You can see a little journal notebook I created for humanitarian and charity workers here]
Now it's your turn. Are there any snapshots of your journals that you would like to share? A career defining moment or simply something helpful or funny?
I'd love to hear them.
Just write them down...
Jason is currently an emergency humanitarian supply chain specialist and budding side hustler. He is also the creator of the daily humanitarian focused journal Aid Memoire.
From selling shoes to avoiding bombs. An eye-opening and honest memoir of my time as a novice aid worker in war-torn Sudan at the turn of the millennium.
A simple yet stylish notebook for humanitarians and aid workers. This 150-page notebook is printed with cream coloured unlined pages with a daily quotation on each page to help inspire and motivate.