Here are a few of the reasons why you should start or continue writing in a journal:
- You'll be able to look back at it in, like, five years and realize how much you've changed.
- You'll have first-hand records of all the stuff that's happened to you (including quotes of things people have said to you) in case, you know, you ever want to write a memoir. :)
- It'll help you make sense of crazy, hectic, or terrible days. You can just write everything down and then forget about it and go to sleep.
- It'll help you remember how you felt during wonderful, happy moments too.
- It'll help put your worries into perspective. Having a collection of worries that clog up your head is one thing, but writing them down may help you look at them in a new light and realize, hey, this isn't actually that big of a deal.
- It'll help you keep track of your goals and your progress (whatever that may mean for you).
- It'll give you references for future disasters. You can open up your journal and re-read the things you've lived through in the past. If you got through that you can get through this.
- It'll motivate you to have a productive day that you'll feel proud to write about later.
- You can write really angry or sad things, or scribble with a lot of vigor, and no one will ever know. Sometimes you just have to let it out. This is one of the safest methods. ;)
As I said above, I journal fairly often. But with the craziness of senior year, I certainly haven't been writing everyday. And I miss that.
Therefore, I'm challenging myself: to write in my journal everyday for the next 30 days!
My entries aren't always going to be super long or super insightful. I just want to get back into the habit of writing daily. It's a really satisfying thing to do. I'll post an update at the end of the 30 days to let you know how successful I was. I don't think it'll be that hard!
If you want to try this with me, comment below!