As if writing down your thoughts and processing through what you are experiencing wasn’t a good idea before, during the unusually historic times we are living in now (just when we thought 2021 would wipe a miserable 2020 from our memories HELLO ATTEMPTED SIEGE ON Washington DC) it may be more important than ever.
Many of us have made journaling part of our daily routine for some time. Throughout history, many of the wisest among us have taken time daily to process their thoughts and, very often, give themselves feedback on things they should be doing, how they can improve their own lives, and how to deal with what they are experiencing.
Journaling isn’t just a daily reporting of events, it’s an art.
The art of self-reflection and dealing with all the stuff that’s floating around in your head. Getting it on a piece of paper or typed in a document is cleansing and very often revelatory.
Also, you’re leaving a legacy. Just because your journals may be mostly directed at you doesn’t mean that others won’t benefit from reading them at some point.
Thanks, Marcus Aurelius.
When epic events like the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 United State Presidential Election, Brexit, and who know what else 2021 will bring at us happen, your journal provides insight to history.
You’re creating primary sources for future generations.
And it doesn’t matter if you’re writing your thoughts in an actual journal (here’s my favorite), a text editor on your computer, or if you’re drawing pictures, creating movies, whatever.
Journal. Daily, if you can.
Take the time. Write. Get your thoughts on paper. Who cares if it doesn’t read well or isn’t grammatically correct. That’s not important.
Contribute your thoughts to the world.