“Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard.” – David McCullough
I came to an important realization when I started writing every day. I didn’t know what I thought. I assumed I knew. However, when I went to write things down, it was harder than it should have been. Or, harder than it should have been if I knew what I thought. But I didn’t. I thought I knew what was bothering me when I went to write in my journal at the end of the day. I thought I knew what I wanted to do that day when I tried to write it in the morning. I was almost always wrong. Feelings and thoughts aren’t the same things. Emotions can be abstract; ideas are more concrete. The moment we explain a sentiment, it becomes a thought. Most of the time, we don’t have to think about our feelings. But, if we write them down, we are forced to think about them. There is no way around it. By writing them down, we can process how events make us feel. We can understand how a thing we read makes us feel. We can understand ourselves and the world around us better when we write about it. We can understand our behavior better when we write about it. By writing it out, we can understand everything better. So, next time you read something, write some notes. If you have a great day, write about it. Bad day? Write about it. Do you have a goal for the day? Do you not know what to do today? Write about it, whatever it is.