Note: These journal entries are taken directly from my journals/sketchbooks. Some I find compelling enough to share here online.
It amazes me how trivial my writing can sound. Often I worry about what to write, that I have nothing to write, to include, even in the canon of my own head-space.
And yet writing journal entries, I feel, can be an important step in thinking. It is the intimate process of formulating thoughts into physical embodiments of the mind. But even more-so, writing and journaling can be a way to engage one’s thoughts in solitude. It can be the beginning stepping stone to life-long learning, as well as the pursuit of always growing. For, as I was apt to say along with my professor, Andrew Hendrixson, “we are in the making.” We are not fully ourselves, not fully one until the end. But until then, we can pursue excellence, and even good thinking and writing habits by talking to ourselves everyday, in writing.
For is this not an act of love? Is not writing thoughts on a page for later consumption a way to record all that has gone before us, and will go after us? Is not practicing writing, even about the mundane, a way to gain better familiarity with ourselves, and thus, with who we might hope to become?
I say all of these things because I long to be better, to speak better, and to think better. Everything I write I write to an audience of one–that I, myself, might listen to the words I have formed in so short a time.
My mind is a vast, sometimes dangerous place. It stands to reason that capturing some of these monstrous thoughts would be be good for my own growth. Sometimes one does not become aware of the potency of their own thoughts until they are given form and substance through physicality.
Maybe this is a personal habit, a personal way of truly internalizing something, but I am sick of only talking about writing and reading, as though that will save me the trouble of actually doing the thing.
I wish to grow well, learn well, and read well. Let us hope, I say to myself, let us hope that you do not forget the power your mind truly has.
You have something to say. You have something to write–so take the time to say it and write it.
Thought should lead to action; and self-improvement is never more necessary than now, in this age filled with hollow-eyed world walkers, who, more often than not, simply wish to be right–not to think well or pursue excellence.
For your own sake, keep the written word alive, and hold it close when you believe there is nothing else worth holding.