It’s been said journal writing is a key to good mental health. Perhaps, that’s quite true. It’s certainly true organizing one’s thoughts into some comprehensible, visible form certainly does some good. Then, it’s just a matter of if what becomes visible as the words come together is actually comprehensible.
Sometimes, the words just don’t come together. Some thoughts seem beyond putting into words. It is as if no words could possibly convey the thought adequately enough. Why even bother trying to build a structure of clumsy words and restricting grammar around it?
It’s even more difficult when you have to throw rationality out the window and deal with purely emotional thoughts. You may have thoughts profound and powerful overwhelming your rational mind to the point that you can’t even think straight anymore.
It certainly does help when you finally find the words to at least convey some small part of any of your irrational emotional baggage in a concise, yet beautiful manner. You tell yourself that it will do you really next to no good. But, emotions are funny, often fickle things. At least the effort of expression, whenever it is somehow successful, can bring some sort of feeling of relief.
It’s simply not always possible to rationalize everything. Sometimes, you just feel the way you feel, and that’s how it is. There are times that you’ll have an overwhelming emotional download, and you just won’t be able to stop it. I have found that journal writing is sometimes the only place for this overload to go. I know I’ve been better for it.
Are you a regular journal writer?
~ Amelia <3