Friday, February 26, 2016

Personal Journal Writing: Why Journal at All?

The first time I ever began a journal was probably around the 5th grade.  Back then (in the early nineties) this tiny black journal with dated pages (and matching lock/key) served as the place where I could freely write my inner-most thoughts.  Of course, being about 11 years old, this was limited to silly school-girl crushes and cat fights in the bathroom with the school bully (amongst other things which were top-secret).  If memory serves me well, I vividly recall tearing the journal to bits after my sister was able to break into it.  I vowed I’d quit writing in a journal, but of course I didn’t.  I picked the habit back up during high school so I could record more important things, like grades, the books I’d read, future plans, and yes, more about those inevitable crushes.

I’m thirty-four now, and I still write in my journal on a daily basis.  All those aforementioned journals lie in a box on the top of one of my much-filled bookcases, but they aren’t forgotten!  These books, and pages, are filled with pieces of my life.  Reflections I’ve gathered, things I’ve figured out.  Accounts of dialogue and memories I cherish as well as those I’d rather forget, yet learned so much from.  I plan one day, very soon, to display these journals on nice shelf somewhere, as they truly are the words of my life.

There are many benefits to daily personal journal writing.  For me, what I love most is the freedom.  My journal serves as my tiny world, cover to cover.  The place where  I ask and answer questions (and prompts found in other places).  This save cove, away from the storming ocean of the world, is where I can be totally authentic in my voice and in what I choose to say, remember, reflect, analyze, record, remember, and say.  With this freedom comes a deeper sense of authenticity in which I better find myself.  In actuality, one of my main reasons for journaling is so I can find myself.  Through journaling daily and answering prompts, I have been able to discern the things I do and why I do them.  So not only do you get to freely be creative, but also gain insight and a wealth of wisdom for better living!

Many times I will become angry or hurt by an event or words, and with those emotions comes a strong sense of confusion and dissatisfaction.  Yet when I delve into my journal and analyze what made me angry, it’s almost as if I am excavating below the deepest layers of my psyche to actually pinpoint the exact reason as to why this thing made me angry and oftentimes it has more to do with a faulty way of thinking than the actual event/words.  That is just one benefit of journal writing.  Through daily writing you can figure out your preferences, passions, likes, dislikes, the memories and events that have been (and are) effecting you in negative (and positive) ways.  And if nothing else, a journal is a place where you can go for privacy, to make sense of your world.

The next best thing about journaling is, there’s no limit as to what you can put inside your journal.  Magazine articles, inspiring pictures and quotes, favorite song lyrics, pictures of those you love, ticket stubs and other memorandum…you can draw, doodle, paint, collage then combine with snippets and pieces of your own writing.  Anything goes!  Finding yourself can be so much fun, so start today!  Below are some journal-writing starters for you.  Some are questions and others are open ended statements.  Answer them any way your heart desires, so long as you’re not too careful, and you’re honest!


A Few Basic Journal Writing Prompts:

1.  It was a dark, stormy night...
2.  My morning ritual is...
3.  Poetry and Coffee
4.  Some day's last too long...
5.  Three things that make me ecstatic and happy...
6.  The old vintage diner was full of interesting patrons...
7.  The summer brings many things beneath the wind of her wings...
8.  The most secretive thing about me is...
9.  When I feel empty, I can usually fill myself with...
10.  I feel most alive when...

2 comments:

  1. Most excellent message, thank you. Tips accepted *smiles*

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    1. You are so very welcome! :)
      My journal is probably my closest confidant!

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