Thinking seems to me like our most immediate form of communication with the self. And writing has always been a soothing way for me to further communicate with myself.
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As someone who leans on whatever logic I can to soothe my worries, seeing my thoughts on a page often feels like physical evidence of that logic. It’s real! My worry or feeling feels a little more resolved. I can move forward.
While writing is one of the more apparent forms of communication in our world, writing for yourself always feels different. It’s a stream of consciousness, never edited for grammar or critiqued for wording choice. Writing for yourself isn’t always about communicating a message or an argument either, although it can be. It can also be a release to transfer thoughts and their power from your mind onto a page. Opening up new ways of thinking and communicating with yourself about whatever it is you are facing.
In another realm, I find myself often journaling about what’s going on in my life with the thought in the back of my mind that I am writing this for my great great grandchildren who find a bunch of old journals one day and get to know me through those words. That thought always feels a little narcissistic but I also like to think that it might help them feel a little less alone in their own worries.
Thanks for creating this space to share thoughts!
All the best,