A Clouded Lense
As you may be able to tell via this blog, I love writing – and I find it very helpful in many aspects of my life. It would be an honor to share my experience of writing with this blog post, and hopefully it will allow you to see the real benefits that it can have on the mind.
Obviously, writing is not my profession. I am not paid to share this blog with you. And as we all know, being a writer is sometimes looked down upon within the business world. If you tell a recruiter that this is the career you wish to pursue, he/she may ridicule you for this decision. Personally, I know exactly how this feels because when I came into Bryant University, my initial minor was in Creative Writing. Many of my closest family members and friends may not even know this about me, and here is why – I was loving the Creative Writing classes so much, but I was convinced that this type of minor would not be suited well with my other business-related classes. So instead of a Creative Writing minor, I received a minor in Applied Statistics.
Looking back, it is disappointing that business is the reason I switched my minors, but the past cannot be altered, so it is better to move onwards.
My Recommendations on Writing
I understand that writing may not be for everyone. Do I believe that writing in a journal will solve all of your problems in life? Absolutely not. There is no such existence of one singular thing that will fix everything in your life. Writing is only an ingredient to a recipe of calming the mind.
Personally, I try write in my journal every evening before bed. The posting can be as simple as you wish. For example, I write two things that I am grateful for, whether it be about the day I just had, or bigger things in my life. Then, I always try to end the posting with an inspirational quote.
I am certainly in favor of having a handwritten journal as opposed to some sort of app or keeping an online journal. To me, seeing your own handwriting has so much more meaning than simply typing your thoughts (ironically what I am doing at this exact moment whilst I write this blog post).
Most importantly, there is no need to share this journal with anyone other than yourself. This is a direct reflection on what I try to explain to everyone that I talk to – it is not the opinions of external figures that matter, but instead, it is your personal inner consciousness that is completely in your control. Take a look at one of the most timeless, inspirational books in the world titled The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. This book was truly a personal journal by the Roman Emperor that he wrote in every night. After his death, his writings of Stoicism were preserved and made into a book that will forever be one of my favorite books of all time.
Despite the notion of writing being extremely beneficial to oneself, I also love writing as it relates to sharing my thoughts and ideas to the outside world. I may not be a professional writer, but I have been through enough in my life to understand that my experiences should not be kept within, because it is selfish to keep the lessons I have learned to myself and not to share them to the world. The reader may not be able to connect with this blog, or they simply may not care enough to continue to read my writings, but that is perfectly fine. Someone out there will be able to connect with my thoughts.
If you are one of those people, then thank you very much. I hope I am making a difference in your life, no matter how little it may be. I encourage you to try writing for yourself, whether it be in a handwritten journal, an online app, or a blog.