Why You Should Keep a Journal

Why You Should Keep a Journal

I keep a journal, you definitely should too
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If you don't already keep a journal, you definitely should. I have been consistently writing in a journal since I was in first grade, and it has gotten me through many interesting times of my life. This might sound weird, but when I write in my journal after a long day, it feels as though I am talking with an old friend. No matter what I am going through at the moment, I can write in my journal and it will make me feel better.

When I was young, I would journal every single day. I would write about what I had for lunch that day or what the hot gossip was at swim team practice. I looked at my old journal recently and it made me laugh. Everything was so simple then and I sometimes wish I could go back to those days. But it does make me realize how much I have grown up and matured in so many ways.

There is something incredibly cathartic about writing in a journal. I like to write in it at night before I go to bed while listening to music. When I lay down and can't sleep, writing down the thoughts that are troubling my mind usually helps. Although I now don't have the time to write in it every day, I do it when I really need to, and just want some thoughts out of my head.

My journal now consists of more complex issues of my daily life. I talk about friends, relationships, school, and other situations that I am going through. I usually only write in it when I am sad about something or need advice that I know my journal will not give me, but write it in anyway. I write anything that I am feeling. I write Bible verses, song lyrics that I like, song lyrics that I write myself, or just rants about something that bothered me that day. It relaxes me more than anything else could.

I recommend that everyone keep a journal. It is helpful for when life gets stressful, or when you just need to vent but do not feel like talking.

Next time you are out, treat yourself to a cutely decorated journal and see how much it changes your outlook on life to write in it!

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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