In Amy Poehler’s book “Yes Please”, she has the idea that there’s a time and a place for everything: “No one says good things about people in their diaries. You tell people the good things. Diaries are for the bad things!”
Sometimes I feel like journal writing is underappreciated. We post so much about what’s going on in our lives to our hundreds of colleagues, because we want them to know what’s happening. Why wouldn’t we? A lot can change over time, and talking about our accomplishments and, within reason, failures can reach tons of people at once and avoid the awkward questions at reunions of all sorts.
That being said, with the majority of employers checking, it’s probably best to post wisely.
I’m at the point where I’d rather talk to people than post about my troubles on social media. Sometimes, all you need is a long talk over coffee with a friend or family member to get back on your feet and move on, and let’s be honest, it’s way more fun.
However, there are some days when you just need to write it out to feel better about the situation. You will have days where you feel like you have no one to talk to, that’s where a journal comes handy.
I used to look forward to weekend mornings where I would sleep in longer than I should have. Now, I look forward to the weekend mornings where I can write for fun. While one page each day you write is good idea, sometimes it’s not enough. Just write down everything about something that’s bugging you in a journal. You can include happy moments and ideas you have for stories, it’s fair game and doesn’t have to be like a daily diary. It’ll give you a break from technology, since all you need is a notebook, a pen, and a mind waiting to be unleashed.
It will also allow yourself to evaluate the situation. Even though it’s been said and done, not everyone thinks before they post or even speak, just because they want to get it out there. I even found myself when writing down my thoughts in a journal, that I would trace back and offer a counterpoint.
We’ll go through different life experiences, some good and some bad. While Poehler says we should save our drama for our diaries, it’s important to write down the good things as well. Believe me, you’ll want to write down those too.
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