Why I Write and Why You Should Too

Why I Write and Why You Should Too

It may be the tool you've been looking for...

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I am not a therapist, a licensed psychologist, or even a psych major. I do not even have diagnosed anxiety or depression. I deal with the same anxieties, brought about by simply being human and living in this world, that everyone deals with, but I have found a way to deal with those struggles that works absolute wonders for me and might work absolute wonders for you as well.

I will not claim this as a healing practice or an end all be all, and I am sure it is not the first time you are hearing of writing or journaling as a form of therapy or mechanism of self care. As a writing intensive English major, writing is a big part of my life. However, over the years it has turned into so much more than just a passion.

Writing Helps Me Put My Feelings Into Words

There are days where I feel a type of way that I cannot describe as anything but "off." There is a dark cloud hanging over my head; I am simply not myself. When I am feeling this way, when I cannot assign a name or reason to how I am feeling, I take a pen to some paper. As silly as it may sound, it is as if all my feelings and emotions are jumbled into a word search in my mind and the only way to pick the feelings out from the mess is with pen and paper. My mind is a mess of things and writing allows me to make sense of that mess.

Writing Gets Those Feelings Out of My Head

As much as I wish this were true, writing my feelings out on paper does not immediately remove all of the unwanted thoughts from my head. However, there is something incredibly healing about seeing that mess of thoughts I previously mentioned in words, forming sentences on a piece of paper.

It's similar to the feeling you get when something is weighing heavily on your mind and you let it out to your mom or your best friend. You feel a little bit lighter knowing the feeling is not being restrained within you, it is no longer only yours to carry. There are times when a living, breathing listener is needed to really help a situation, but when that is not the case, a journal is the perfect keeper, the perfect carrier of your burdens. No judgement, no loose lips, just an outlet and some safekeeping.

Writing Helps Me Keep Track of Myself

Although I have made it seem like I only write about the darkest nooks and crannies of my mind, I do a great deal of writing about good days, things I'm thankful for, and the rest of my very good life. There is nothing I love more than looking back at the good times in my life on a bad day to remind me that life was good and life will continue to be good.

It is just as helpful to look back at an entry from a bad day to remind myself of things that no longer bother me, bad days that I no longer remember and all the positive changes I have undergone.

My journals are a written version of all my good and bad days; a little piece of the past to help me with the future.

Writing Is My Creative Outlet

Here I am, writing about writing on the platform that allows me to best exert my creative energy. No matter who you are or how much creativity you believe you do or do not possess, we all have creative energy that needs an outlet. For some people it is painting or playing a musical instrument. For me, it is writing. Writing challenges me, it surprises me, it inspires me, and it allows me to express myself in a way that fulfills and excites me. As a creative outlet, it is not for everyone, but if you have yet to find one, it is definitely worth a try.

I understand that the power of writing will vary from person to person. What it does for me it may not do for you. However, it may just be the tool you have been searching for, so why not try it out.


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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Dear teacher that I used to love,

I used to love going to your classes in elementary school.

I used to love the after school activities that you would have.

I used to love coming over spending the night (since I became friends with your daughter).

I loved all the new things everyone introduced me to.

I loved how you would let me stay for a week because the snow wouldn't stop.

But somehow that all began to change...due to one little incident.

It was a misunderstanding, but how it was dealt with at the beginning was not right.

Calling out a high schooler when your the adult also is not the right way

Calling them out on social media is never the right way to deal with things, no matter the situation.

It hurt me that you felt that way about me, and the things that were said on that post hurt.

So when you apologized to me one day about it, and then asking me to come and join an activity like nothing ever happened.

At that time I couldn't forgive because I was still hurt and angry by everything that happened.

From that post it told me how you felt about me, over something that was miscommunicated. But because we had slightly different views on things that worsened things in my opinion.

Sure did I comment on somethings saying my opinion on things? Yes. But it was just to bring in information that most people didn't fully understand, not to bring you down.

Now today if I see you in public sometimes we say hi, but not so much anymore.

I see on social media that you comment on other students accomplishments in school or in life.

But whenever I post something about my life, or an article I get nothing. And honestly, it hurts a lot.

I would think I would at least get a like, but honestly I feel that anything I post doesn't even get looked at.

I have moved passed that post. The hurt is still there though.

Sincerely,

Your former elementary school student

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