“In the journal I am at ease.” – Anais Nin
Journaling is something I have done more or less consistently for two years now. Before then it was always something I wanted to try into. I saw how much good can come from it, and how much peace it brought friends of mine. Even with that mindset, I had no idea the true power journaling has. It has been a significant impact on my life in ways that I cannot even begin to describe.
For me, journaling brings a peace that I am unable to replicate with anything else. It’s as if it melts away the anxiety and depression of the world to reveal a wholesome teddy bear ready to give you a big ole hug. It is the closest thing to magic that I have been able to experience on earth. Journaling has and will continue to let me express emotions I didn’t even know I was capable of feeling, it is a therapist, a friend, a stranger at times but in the end, it is something I can’t live without.
Sometimes I’ll look back on my old journals and I see how awkward and uncomfortable I was and just cringe. My bad grammar and lack of vocabulary, mixed with me not allowing myself to feel and express emotions freely made for a rather unfortunate situation. If you honestly think about it though, if you journal everyday you are not only practicing writing, you are goal setting, and letting your creative brain flex. All of these skills can be carried into a workplace environment. You gain the ability to feel your emotions, then express them in a way that is understandable.
Last but certainly not least, my journal, your journal, everyone’s journals are unique and they are personal. Each one of mine has lead me through a different stage of life, through the ups and downs, good days and bad it was there, it was constant. That is one of the hardest things to find nowadays, and some might even say impossible, but a journal is something that is undeniably reliable, forever constant, and can be with you at all times. Don’t take the blessing of being able to have a journal for grated, treasure it, for it is valuable.