It started when I was in the seventh grade. The English teacher gave us an assignment where at the end of the week we had to take an hour write something that happened during the week. While some in the class struggled to think of something to write, I had trouble fitting everything I had to write into an hour.
Pretty soon I went out and bought a notebook. This way the things I couldn’t fit into my hour at school went into my personal journal. However at this point I called it a diary and I addressed it as that. Every entry began with “Dear Diary”. Of course I never let anyone near my beloved diary.
Thankfully by the time I became a young adult I began to call it a journal and no longer addressed the notebook as if it was a long-lost friend. That said I still write down everything that happens to be crossing my mind.
I appreciate my journal, it doesn’t judge me for my insane or troubling moments. It’s the friend that can be replaced when it has become so full of me that its pages are about to burst. Believe me it has happened. As it stands I am one page away from filling yet another notebook.
Now you’re wondering, what happens to these journals once they have been filled? I keep them. I put them in a box for safekeeping. I intend to leave my journals as a legacy for my children, then theirs after them. Of course I don’t have any children yet but I will, some day, God willing.
What are other reasons for Journaling?
1. It’s incredibly therapeutic. When I’ve had a rough day writing down my thoughts and frustrations helps me to calm down and think things through.
2. My fiancé knows me better than anyone in my family does. I like to have my fiancé read my journal. I wont let anyone else at least not until I have children that are old enough to read. There have been times when something was particularly troubling, I wrote about it, my fiancé read it and just held me. I didn’t have to say anything. It was great!
If you keep a daily, weekly, or even bi-weekly journal you know what I mean. However if you don’t, I’d like to suggest you give it a try. Who knows you just might enjoy it.