For as long as I can remember, reading and writing have been huge parts of my identity. I can remember the first poem I wrote – a rhyming couplet-esque piece about loving summer – but I can’t remember a time before that. A time when writing was not a part of who I am.
Even though I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write though, I can remember all the reasons why I still do. All the things that kept me going when I felt uninspired.
It is a Part of Who I Am
For the same reason why I can’t remember a time before I wrote, I can’t remember who I am without a pen and a blank notebook. I write because at 22-years-old, it’s an integral part of who I am, and without my writing – for better or for worse – I wouldn’t recognize myself anymore.
It Helps Me to Process My Day
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve committed myself to writing something in my journal every day. Aside from wanting to ensure that a computer screen isn’t the last thing I see before bed every night, I am working towards writing more regularly because it helps me to process my feelings and what happened over the last 24 hours. When I’m having a bad day, or I don’t know where to go next with something, writing about it inspires me to think of new ideas, and to get past something that I really shouldn’t spend my time being angry or worried about to begin with.
It Makes Me a Better Person
Because writing makes me think back over my day and my thoughts, it makes me a better person. Thinking through what I’ve done and said makes me recognize the parts of my day where I could have done better, or where I can improve in the future. I’m able to more easily see my mistakes, and in the future, I’ll be less likely to make those same mistakes.
So why do you write? Why is the process important to you?