When’s the last time you picked up a writing utensil applied it to paper and wrote creatively? Or wrote to vent your troubles away? Or just wrote to empty your mind for new thoughts to come about? There’s something about writing to express yourself, to dig deep into your thoughts, your emotions and become vulnerable and intimate releasing your most darkest or most joyful feelings to either be kept private or to be showcased among the crowd. Why do we write and how does it help us?… The necessary form of expression that ought to be used more often. (handwriting & typing).
There’s a thrill that comes with writing, having so much you’d like to write that your hand has trouble keeping up, jotting it all down in a notebook. How about a typist whose fingers just cannot seem to press the letters on the keyboard fast enough. Your mind is racing at the speed of light itself, the release you feel as you somehow get it all out… get what out? you ask… well, your emotions, how you feel, of course! You’re writing your overwhelming, intense, overpopulated feelings that are ready to burst out of you… and it’s about time you wrote, there wasn’t much room in your soul, mind, and heart for anything more. A full occupied neon lit sign was placed on the door to your inner YOU incapable of anything new or creative to give birth to, and what a shame, you’re brilliant you know?! So now is the time to grab that old dusty notebook, a nice pen and apply your crammed thoughts making a dingy old piece of paper that has an old yellowish vintage look into an ink stained novel of some sort, a story of misspelled, messy words, that has now transferred what was once inside of you to this lovely beautiful mess you can do as you please with, read, tuck away, put it to a flame… you now have inner peace, which once was swallowed up and overran by too many thoughts, anguish causing you exhaustion… How wonderful you feel now as you sit in amazement thinking of how powerful writing actually is…
The Benefits Of Writing!
- Expressive writing has been linked to improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress levels for those who do it regularly.
- Writing expands and gives maintenance to your vocabulary.
- Gets your important ideas down before you lose it to stress or overcrowded thoughts and feelings.
- Writing is a form of relaxation… having trouble sleeping because you cannot stop thinking? keep a journal near your bed and write your distracting thoughts down, then get some sleep…
- Writing can help you sort out your feelings and help cope with traumatic experiences, and stressful events, it’s a form of self-help/ counseling.
- Writing is known to improve your overall health. It gives patients a more positive outlook to fighting an illness/ disease by releasing emotions, keeping stress down, keeping blood pressure down, and mental sharpness up. Studies have shown that people with asthma who write have fewer attacks than those who don’t; AIDS patients who write have higher T-cell counts. Cancer patients who write have more optimistic perspectives and improved quality of life.
- Writing gives you clarity, and who doesn’t want that?!
The Idea Behind This Post
I came up with this idea, to write about writing, yesterday… You see, I had a perfect day planned out for my children and I before their father picked them up (recently divorced, and this is a whole new lifestyle for everyone involved). The kids and I were getting ready to go see the new Ghostbusters movie, we were all excited and had been waiting for this day! When one of my kids decided to act up in a way I could not reward the negative behavior with this awesome movie day. So we did not go this time, but I told them we’ll try again on Wednesday. I know the switching of homes is new and can be stressful, but I cannot allow my kids to act up because of it, then while dealing with the unpleasant kid, the other accidentally clogs the toilet with too much TP, and I’m beginning to have a “Case Of The Crazies” (check out that post). OMG, I’m thinking, as I’m searching for the plunger, Yes, I’m still becoming familiar with my folks house as my kids and I are still organizing our things and getting settled in. I told my upset kid to go relax and the other to go across the street to play at the park after I cleaned up the bathroom. I sat on the front steps to listen to my kid calm down inside, as I watched my other kid play at the park. I sat there flustered, I couldn’t even read my book I had so many emotions stirring within me. Damn it! I thought, I really wanted this to be a good day! I moved and cleaned all day yesterday to the point I couldn’t move my sore body, and this was the day I was going to treat myself as well as the kids to a memorable fun day. The next thought that entered my mind was… Grab that old notebook and your favorite pen and start writing Eloise! and so I did…
Here’s What I Came Up With… Expressive Writing At It’s Finest!
The Hard, Beautiful Life
‘Holy shit life can be hard sometimes,’ excuse my language, but it suits it well, gives ‘a hard life’ more meaning, relevance and let’s you know my dark days are difficult… And while the past decade of my life has had many challenges, I’m gradually working my fingers to the bone, climbing out of the dark, dingy, cold tunnel I once resided in…So close to the light, I cannot wait to reach the surface and embrace the cleanly fresh, exuberant air. As I sit here in amazement, reflecting upon my harsh reality I had recently escaped, I grow tired of the thought… you see, I was once a wilted flower, now slowly warming up to the suns rays, exposed to the much-needed rain to wash the filth away, and become strong again… I’m a work in progress, still not at full potential, still weakened from all the past pain that I had endeared.
It’s a bitter-sweet symphony, playing beautifully filling me up with hope for the future while still crying from the many broken years of pain and trouble. I feel heavy at times, weighing out my emotions, working through them… And at other times I feel as light as a dandelion seed floating amidst the breeze, knowing I have accomplished the extreme, I have made change for a brighter and happier life, smelling the sweet, faint smell of flowers within the summers air, brushing against my skin, through my hair, giving a gently flow to my clothing… I’m almost at peace as I smile in excitement of the new me!
Read, Write, Enjoy Life!
1st photo by: bbc.co.uk
Aimee quote by: quotesgram.com
Gerth quote by: thelifestring.blogspot.com
Hemingway quote by: readrw.blogspot.com