Today, feels calmer than the previous couple of days. As we, like everyone else, try and navigate this new reality. It feels like we have hit a stride. With managing the new way of doing school – particularly Matric and Grade 8. And finding a new way of co-parenting – that best supports the girls.
The thinking, however, has hit an all time high 🙂 I tend to get lost in my thoughts. Deep thinking everything my mind will wonder to. Whether it’s about us or others. And so this morning – I grabbed my journal and pen, and transferred! All those thoughts and emotions.
I have always been a sporadic ‘journaler’ (it’s a real word). Especially when it’s a significant time or event – then I’ll write about it. Since November 2019, I have been journaling more frequently. Intentionally. If not daily, then weekly.
It’s reminded me of how powerful the simple act of writing down your thoughts is. Not only is it a way to record your history, it can also help put experiences into context. It supports those moments of reflection too.
I find that it also gives me the freedom to ‘say’ the things I need to. To feel the things I need to. Which I may not always give myself permission to do with the demands of life.
During this uncertain and scary time – maybe the thing you need to do is write.
Grab a pen. Grab a book with blank pages. Decide on a regular time to write. Make it manageable. Try and find quiet moment. And just get going.
Remember – it’s not a thesis 🙂 There is no right or wrong way. There’s your way. As far as possible – try not to judge yourself while you’re writing.
There’s a wonderful line in Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly – ‘vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage‘. And I think it applies when we journal too.
I hope this encourages you, tribe,