What do you do? You crash into bed.
What do I do? Pull out my journal and take command of words for half and hour, until it’s 12:00 and I’ve just lost half an hour of sleep.
I’m a writer. I write. I enjoy writing! For me, keeping a journal is totally worth the half hour of sleep lost. I don’t do it every day — but when I do write in my journal, I always come away refreshed.
It’s a special type of writing. It allows me to pour raw thoughts and scenes onto a page without ever having to worry about someone else reading it. It will forever be un-edited, flawed, imperfect. And that’s part of the beauty. I can lose myself journaling, no barrier between thoughts and words, nothing holding me back from spewing forth whatever the heck’s going on.
It’s a great way to keep my brain clear. When life’s stressful, my journal listens. When the cute boy texts me and I’m exuberant, my journal listens. When I just want to melt into a puddle on the floor, my journal listens. And it never judges. And never talks back. Never offers advice. Never tries to fix my problems. So when I’m done writing, I come away empty, yet fulfilled. I’ve gotten everything off my chest, processed everything that’s happened, given myself some insight to my day, taken a step back from my issues to maybe get a glimpse of the bigger picture.
More than that, I’ve recorded my life for my future self. I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoy going back and reading old journal entries. It allows me to see how God’s working in my life, to laugh about that old joke, to give myself a face palm because of my stupidity back then, to grimace at my poor handwriting (that’s when I go wayyyyy back), and maybe to learn a little bit from my own past mistakes.
So that’s why I journal. It’s freedom to express myself wholly, to record actual history instead of made-up plots, to distance myself from my problems, to commit my plans to the Lord, to make sure inside jokes go down in history… to do something I enjoy.
I’m curious: who out there keeps a journal? Why or why not?