Hi friends, hope we’re all keeping well.
I might keep this a fairly short and sweet post, since this is really just a ramble, but I kind of like writing.
Being able to think clearly and illustrate it on a page (or screen) really helps calm me down, get my shit together, and relax. Not many other things (for me) can 100% replicate that.
People say that writing is good for the soul, and you know what they’re damn right it is.
Here are my reasons why someone should think about starting some kind of writing challenge.
1. 🤯Clarity to Thoughts🤯
Helping write and organise my thoughts and fears about things helped me get a much clearer perspective on them.
For example, once I wrote down all my irrational fears about starting a YouTube channel, how to approach my Irish final exams, and keeping track of a diary, I realised how stupid most of them were, and was finally able to take action.
It can usually get pretty overwhelming when we’re deciding if we want to do something and there’s a lot to think about, so writing is a great way to unleash those concerns onto the page and help bring clarity to those thoughts.
2. 🚬Therapeutic Effect🚬
It’s always great to just sometimes unleash what you’re thinking about onto a page (or in this case, a screen). This is especially true when it’s something that’s bothering us, or bringing us down.
Many a time I’ve been put into a foul mood, but once I’m able to unleash my thoughts and rant about such ‘injustices’ in the world to my diary, I’m always instantly calmed down. While I’ve never been to therapy before, I’d assume it would have a similar effect in helping bring me to a clearer, calmer state of mind.
Yeah, I find it’s usually never good to bottle up negative thoughts, as they’ll hang over you for the rest of the day like a dark and rainy storm. Let free those thoughts onto a page and I can assure you, it’ll help you relax.
3. 🎆Keeps Memories🎆
This really only applies to writing a diary, but it’s always really fun for me to look back on past events, and to see what I was thinking back then and what my emotions were.
Would it not interest you to see what was happening to you exactly a year back from now? 2 years back? 5 years back? I’m already having fun looking back on entries from 2, 3 months ago, so I honestly can’t wait to be looking back on these events a year or 2 from now.
Naturally, you’ll also be able to document important life events which I promise you you will appreciate. One of my biggest regrets is not at least recording some of the major things that were happening in my life, like what happened when I went to the Gaeltacht for 2 summers, to summer camps in China, and the days in primary school. I remember all of them to be really, really eventful, but unfortunately a majority of the memories are lost in the void.
4. 🏃🏻Document Progress🏃🏻
Whenever we try to improve at something, it’s dangerously easy to lose sight of the big picture.
Documenting all your milestones and achievements, no matter how small, will help act as reminders as to how far you’ve genuinely come. Whenever I hit a roadblock in practising chess, piano, or anything else and become frustrated, it usually helps to think and look back on how far I’ve actually improved. This usually motivates me to do even better, and more often than not helps me overcome whatever the roadblock was.
Of course, this is all just my own personal experience though🤷🏻♂️
And yeah, those are essentially the main reasons why I like to write. I wanted to think of a 5th reason to make the list look a bit neater (since we can all agree that 5 is an honorary even number), but honestly right now I can’t be bothered😅Additionally, if I had to think of a 5th reason, it probably wouldn’t even be my own, and that would defeat the purpose of this post anyway.
Cool, that’ll probably be it for this short post. As of the time of writing this, I literally only have 2 days left until I’m finished with my final high school exam (leaving certificate exam, as we call it in Ireland), and I honestly can’t be more impatient as to when my true summer comes. Almost there, just a few more steps.
When my ‘true summer’ does come, I’m definitely looking to focus on the blog more, as well as trying to network with other bloggers more as well. Looking forward to then.
Alright, cool, stay safe guys