September 21 2016

Nothing matters but the writing

People who keep journals have life twice and I have 4 of them.
                                   People who keep journals have life twice and I have 4 of them.

I have been writing journal for quite some time now. I started my first journal without any clue as to what has to be written in it. My first few entries can be compared to random words thrown on a piece of paper. It lacked purpose and direction. But over time my thoughts have got organized and I exactly know the things that I want to write in my journal. The things that I write in my journal achieve at least one of the following:

1)      Make me smile
2)      Teach me a Lesson
3)      Make me feel confident
4)      Help me stick to a positive habit
5)      Track my progress in life
6)      Feel Gratitude

With an exception to No rules, the only required elements in writing are Honesty and Precision. This is because,it is only you who’s gonna revisit your history someday. And you can’t afford to have your memories being cheated by yourself.  As a writer, it’s curious to see how the quality of my writing goes up and down over time. There are some passages that I find gripping. The older I become, the more distance that I get from the person who wrote in the journal, and the more frequently I become surprised that I wrote what I’m reading.

Personally, writing serves as a way to keep my work and my life organized. I have a journal that I write in every single night and morning that helps me plan my days so that I don’t have to think about what it is I’m going to do in the morning and throughout the day. I create my routine for every morning, and at night I sit and dwell about what waking up early with a written routine really did for me. I think about the day I just had and what points of the day I simply wasn’t enjoying. I think about the best times of the day and what the contrast is between the moments I enjoy in life and the moments I don’t enjoy. It becomes routine after a while. It is like calling an old friend and talk to them or going through your favorite part of the day.

Writing in a journal is incredibly de-stressing. If there was something that just frustrated you that day, writing it out helps a lot. Rather than avoiding a problem, thinking about it can help you control your anger. Everything good that day can also help you go to sleep smiling if you write before bed. (Which is what I do.) After a long time of journaling, when you look back at previous writings, it makes you smile to see your funny handwriting or problems that seemed big that day, shrink into a funny story.

Let us discuss now, What does it feel like to regularly write in a journal or diary?

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