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02 January 2009

2 Reasons to Recap

At this time of the year, everyone has been doing their recap. I came across some interesting recap by bloggers.
Nicolekiss mentioned about her travels.
Curryegg talked about her introvert-self and her blogging fame
popjammerz stressed on the events she had been in.
Akiraceo made a list of bloggers he met.
minibites have her 12recaps each with different themes including relationship, career and food.

It seems like people reflect upon their life mostly at the end of the year (or the beginning of the year). I got curious, hence I'll attempt to reason why recaps are necessary.

[1] The way i see it, recaps are indications for people to judge themselves how well they did in their life, similiar to the concept of a performance review. This indication is particularly important to plan for future goals with the most notable example being new year resolution. It's like statistic, to plan ones future by using past data. [For instance, I've been conquering countries in 2008, I should consider conquering planets instead in 2009.] In short: Depending on how well one did, recaps are essential guidelines to plan for the future.

[2] Recaps serves as a compilation of notable experiences. The memories of a human are flawed. We can possibly remember every single event that happened in our life, thus recaps are useful to filter out unimportant events. The human is like a bookshelf capable only of storing a limited amount of books. Hence recaps are times when we organise our 'bookshelves', and decide which of these memories are worthy to be safeguarded.
I only managed to speculate 2 strong reason to why recaps are essential in a human's life: performance review and to safeguard important memories. Minor reasons include peer pressure and instinct.

If you are living in the year 2009 now, chances are that you have been through a period when you start to recap the things that you've done and the the things that have happened in 2008. Ever wonder why you did a recap?

[Top Comment By i.r.v.i.n.e]
recap is good. People that think about their previous mistakes and dissatisfaction when New Year approaches. Time to be a better person! There is always a starting point.


Alpha Whale said...

I haven't yet *blush*

curryegg said...

Well, I guess you are right. reflecting whatever we had done and move on to another new chapter with the aim to improve ourselves. We can see how important it is when our boss review our work at the end of the year.. :)

QuirkyLilPrincess said...

reflection is good if its done everyday so that you don't leave any regrets but then again,if things have happened,you can't erase it so take your lesson from recaping what happened so that you know what to and not to do the next time round.

- i.r.v.i.n.e - said...

recap is good. People that think about their previous mistakes and dissatisfaction when New Year approaches. Time to be a better person! There is always a starting point hehe

Lisalicious said...

there is another point of recapping , some who has resolution list for 2008 may want to recap to see what they have achieved or what they haven't

-popjammerz- said...

haha, thanks for mentioning me :)
yea recap is good to see how much we've achieved and how much we can achieve in the future..how much we've done and how much we can do MORE. :)

but sometimes it's very hard to recap every details which happend in a year.. :( i'm surely i missed out stuffs.

yet like Lisalicious said, it's true :)

happy new year KiF!!!!

Jian Akiraceo (Miao) said...

Yo Happy New Year ^^..

Hahaha..next year..

Ask auntie evie make another gathering.. then can go meet you :D

Last year wasn't manage to attend.. :(

QuaChee said...

recap is like stock take. to closer one book before opening another! :)

Cometh said...

No need to recap.... End... =p