Throughout history folks have been journaling and keeping diaries. We’ve got the collections from historical figures within personal libraries and have the ability to read what folks were thinking in times of upheaval and change.
Without journaling we wouldn’t have the Diary of Anne Frank to further understand the perspective of the Jewish Persecution from a teenager directly affected by the war.
Without the chance to read the diary of Virginia Woolf we would be denied the knowledge from her diaries to be better informed about mental illness suffered silently by many, bi-polar disorder. And without Virginia being a prominent writer she most likely would have been committed and further insight into this illness would be lost.
Journaling is a tool
I use my writing as a way to empty my mind of the things that are rattling around that I can’t make sense of or things that are just causing me anxiety. Many issues in our lives cannot be solved, but getting them written down can give us a better perspective on what is going on. Often just seeing it written down and see how simple something can be makes it easier to understand.
When I was in the Navy and deployed for 6 months across the world I would keep a personal journal writing out the days events. Email at the time wasn’t that great so I would write letters to myself sharing experiences or problems. Writing like that allowed me to unburden my mind and relax.
What I’m doing now
I try to write here every now and then but with the changes in my year of learning I haven’t given myself much time to dedicate to writing for public consumption.
Last year I backed (another) Kickstarter project by a company here in Scotland, Journal Life. And they’ve put together a nice collection and process of journaling that I am hoping will give me some further direction and understanding of my journey and life.
I’ve only received the journals yesterday so I’ve not started my journaling process yet. I want to get a new pencil first for writing as I don’t want to use pen. I use pen for my study notes.
As well the journaling style with Journal Life is more than just writing out my thoughts as I do here. There is some structure and focus on goals is an important aspect of their view of journaling.
I am excited about this journal I’ll be on with Journal Life and I’m hopeful that with some structure I learn more about myself and also improve things about myself that will be reflected in daily experiences with others.