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Journals - A Way to Express
I know there's a lot of hubs and blogs about journals and why we start them, but I want to express how I feel about them. I've recently started a journal which is going to be full of past events from my childhood, current events happening in my life, crazy stories and just any ideas that are going on in my head. Starting a journal has always been to the back of my mind, but until now I have never tried or started one. Maybe I was scared of letting out feelings and expressing myself, but It's not that, i've just never seen myself as a good writer. But then it struck me that, you don't have to be brilliant at writing to tell your own stories about life.
Some people would say, 'Why do you need to scrapbook and journal all your memories when you have one of the greatest tools, your brain' ... Well, yes I agree our brain does capture memories and events, but writing them down on paper and adding pictures (if you have any of that particular event) to a journal is a fantastic idea. This means you can look back in say maybe 15 or 20 years time and just reminisce about all the great times you had. If you write down little things that happened one day, you go back and read it, guaranteed you would've forgotten about it if you hadn't wrote it down.
There are many reasons why people keep journals and diaries, all are personal preferences and every single one is completely different. A few things journals can help do are, improve your health, reduce stress, help you build stronger relationships, keep better organisational skills, help you focus more, help you find better solutions to your problems ,enhances intuition and creativity and most importantly captures a life story.
“Writing, expressing can heal us. It can focus, support, and enhance our lives and well-being. Whether we laugh or we cry, whether through sorrow or joy, we can understand more about ourselves, and each other, through keeping a journal, diary, or diaries.”
- Doreene Clement
So next time you really want to remember what happened that day, take lots of pictures, write down something rough about what happened, and write it down in a journal and really describe it, make it sound like the person reading it was there.