In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a night owl and I have a really hard time falling asleep. So instead of lying there trying to read or watch Netflix, I thought I’d try my hand at something that would spark a bit more creativity. This should be interesting…
Three Reasons I’m Starting a Journal
- I can’t sleep. Ever.The full title of this journal is:
I can’t sleep: A journal for passing the time when insomnia strikes and my brain is circling in on itself, cannibalizing the trivialities of the day and exaggerating the ticking of the clock, reminding me that every minute spent awake is another minute closer to when I’ll have to get up, though many of the great artists and sages were insomniacs and that’s part of how they got so much done, so if I can’t sleep I might as well write and channel my misery into something productive.
So clearly, it was created specifically for me.
- I like to write. Writing has been something I’ve loved to do as long as I can remember, but due to my Gemini-ness and general inability to stick with projects (see #6 on this list), I haven’t ever consistently written anything, or even finished a writing project I’ve started (except term papers in college). The challenge of keeping something like this going is just one of many challenges I’m trying to add to my 2014 “Kick Kim’s Ass By Forcing Her Out Of Her Comfort Zone” list of goals throughout the year.
- You like to read. Without a doubt, some (not all) of the things I write in this journal will be expanded upon for your reading enjoyment. Win-win.
Question: If you keep a journal, how long have you kept one, and how often do you write in it? What are some of the benefits you’ve seen from writing down your thoughts on a regular basis?