Everyone should keep at least one journal in their lifetime.
Journal writing is something I am extremely passionate about. Theres something so incredibly beautiful about reflecting back on moments and times and finding moments that have escaped from your memory. Reflecting on memories is so easy for us all to do that these days with social media, but nothing quite takes you back to the moment like reading your own writing of exactly what you were feeling and thinking at the time.
If I feel overwhelmed by emotion in any way I'll write about it. Happy, sad, angry, confused, nervous, excited...anything. There is something incredibly comforting about being able to let go of your deepest feelings that only you know of and let them free into something that (no matter how silly you feel your thoughts are) will never judge you. Theres also just something so special about looking back and realising that, that one time where you were more angry than anything or more upset than you've ever been, all somehow lead to something better. You realise reflecting back on things that have happened that they're never quite as bad as when they're happening and everything is always okay in the end.
I'm up to my 13th Journal - I started in July 2009. I took them out today (I rarely look at previous entries) and had a quick look through. One thing that surprised me was how many people I used to write about. I'd write about strangers on buses, and people I saw working in retail, friendly people I admired but had barely spoken to...Almost anyone I crossed paths with and how they affected me. It makes me wonder how many people I've made an impact to, because I know for sure that some of the people I wrote about have no idea of the impact they had on me.
I rarely will let anyone read anything from my journals but I thought i'd share a few little things that brought back happy memories.
I hope I've inspired you to put pen to paper.