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Do you believe in the idea of keeping a journal/diary?
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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Personally, I do not like writing about my days in a journal. I rather write a full blown story instead. What do you think about keeping a journal? They say it's healthy but I really don't care.
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Ab. So. Lutely.

From Livejournal to handwritten to a secure Google Drive document, I"ve always had a place to write down my thoughts because it's very therapeutic. It's definitely on an as-needed basis, and I try to write both positive and negative things. I don't think a journal has to be limited to just typical "my day was _____". It's a setting for expression, so my journals are full of random doodles, story ideas, random sentences I think sound nice, etc.

There are also really fun prompts out there that I sometimes seek out. If you've ever heard or seen the "Wreck This Journal" series in a bookstore, that's pretty awesome too.
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hnrbledischarge wrote:

Ab. So. Lutely.

From Livejournal to handwritten to a secure Google Drive document, I"ve always had a place to write down my thoughts because it's very therapeutic. It's definitely on an as-needed basis, and I try to write both positive and negative things. I don't think a journal has to be limited to just typical "my day was _____". It's a setting for expression, so my journals are full of random doodles, story ideas, random sentences I think sound nice, etc.

There are also really fun prompts out there that I sometimes seek out. If you've ever heard or seen the "Wreck This Journal" series in a bookstore, that's pretty awesome too.



I like how you broken down absolutely.
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Personally I don't write in a journal daily, but rather when something significant happens or I need to vent. Sometimes looking back on past entries I cringe and am tempted to rip the page out But I think it's a great way to preserve fond memories and observe personal growth
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casperrr wrote:

Personally I don't write in a journal daily, but rather when something significant happens or I need to vent. Sometimes looking back on past entries I cringe and am tempted to rip the page out But I think it's a great way to preserve fond memories and observe personal growth


So you only write in a journal when something of importance happens to you?
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I don't feel the need to do this.
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Yes and no. More-so when I have thoughts/feelings I need to express in writing, which is several times a week. Also if I have a weird or cool dream I write it in my journal as soon as I wake up
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casperrr wrote:

Yes and no. More-so when I have thoughts/feelings I need to express in writing, which is several times a week. Also if I have a weird or cool dream I write it in my journal as soon as I wake up


Oh, okay.
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I write either handwritten or type for myself when I'm depressed, sad, angry etc in a form of a letter detailing how I feel or in a poem. I also draw. It helps when my emotions need an outlet
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I don't write about my day but the topics I'm thinking about in the moment and try and expand on them the best I can.
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Back when I was a teen and had a lot of angst, I used to enjoy writing it. But after high school, life became mundane. All I do is sleep, eat and play, there's no point of keeping a diary. What do I even write in it? Today I had pizza, slept for 10 hours...
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I do believe in writing things down.
We often daydream through our days because we feel that we won't remember most things anyway, and just want to highlight the great moments. By knowing I can write down things later I take greater attention to detail and even make the most of simple or "mediocre" situations. This provides me with inspiration and motivation and brings about more in my day.
I also know that I'm being ignorant if I think I can monitor myself without having a serious attempt at self-reflection. If something bad happens to me, or have a "bad day" and attempt to shrug it off, it may come to bite me back later on, or most likely to negatively affect someone else in my interactions. I do not want to let my shit affect anyone else, so I attempt to "clean that shit up" before the day ends, and try to understand why things happened, check in with my emotions, practice gratitude, and stay grounded. It's a humbling experience. Sometimes when we express ourselves onto a medium it seems very different to how we were holding it. It creates perspective.
I learned to do this when I was travelling for a year after I'd finished high school. I realise how braindead I'd been all my life and finally felt that I had become self-aware to a state that allowed me to be responsible for my own actions. I'd always avoided responsibility prior to this. There were of course, many experiences that also affect this attitude of mine.

Regardless, I think any form of self-reflection is important. A journal can also serve as a way to acknowledge emotions and unload their weight, to appreciate, which gives a sense of perspective, and to perhaps understand how different we are from how we often like to perceive ourselves.
It's kind of like looking in a mirror, internally. It's scary sometimes, and sometimes I do run from it, but I feel like I'm denying my own existence and detaching myself from reality if I do. Which is sometimes nice, but now I don't want to run from things. Facing myself, or being honest with myself, is often quite lame. I have come to learn to laugh at myself and take it more lightly now though. I can't expect myself to be perfect.
Basically, I recommend a journal or a higher awareness of self in some way. I think it's essential to living, just like breathing.

edit: I make things more interesting by having different categories to write in. "3 things to be grateful for", "valuable ideas", "challenges I'm having", "interesting experiences", "great feelings", are the ones I'm currently rotating between depending on the day.
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