As a journal keeper, I feel that it is my, sort of, job to look back.
In any case, this is a good practice to adopt in your journal keeping.
By 2008, the color had come back to my life, and I was making my own journals, with unlined pages and was using symbols a lot more. I had started a blog that talked about journals, writing and art...not this one, but a similar one.
"This Imperial Forest is wonderful, it reminds me of cut grass in the fields after a strong rain for several days. The earth of it, is intense. The body is dark and brown and stains the white cup. My insides and teeth are as dark as the Red River...."
My feelings about tea were apparently just as strong...and a little ridiculous.