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Journals - A Way to Express

Updated on December 7, 2011

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.

- 10 Reasons to keep a journal

“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.


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      staceyblount1992 6 years ago from England

      I'm currently doing it in a journal (paper) I just love writing, because i'm typing all day, and I haven't written much since school which was 3 years ago, yeah it's a brilliant idea, I think more people should do it, not only are you keeping memories, you can improve on writing skills.

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      Website Examiner 6 years ago

      Stacey, are you planning to do this on paper or in digital format? Sounds like a good idea, either way.

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      staceyblount1992 6 years ago from England

      That's pretty much why i'm doing it, i'm 19 and i've had many good and bad memories, and it's just good to remember them and look back, and plus I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment.

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      Keith Abt 6 years ago from The Garden State

      I kept a journal while I was in high school. It started as a class assignment and I found that I enjoyed doing it so much that I just kept on going even after the assignment was over. I continued to keep it well into my mid 20s, when eventually I just didn't have time for it anymore.

      I still have all the notebooks stashed away in a box in my closet and occasionally I'll pull out a "volume" to read thru it. It brings back a lot of good memories (as well as some bad ones).