I woke up in a bad mood this morning. Something was gnawing at me. So I sat down to write, as I do most mornings, and just put it all down. I’m not joking when I say I felt better in ten minutes. It doesn’t always happen so fast, but I can tell you that writing it down makes me feel better nine times out of ten.
This is an outlet more people need to explore. Don’t worry about writing well. Just set aside ten or twenty minutes and don’t stop writing. You’ll get to the bottom of what’s bothering you real quick. Writing this morning made me realize that the problem was I was being too hard on myself. But I wouldn’t have got there if I hadn’t written. Not even close. I would’ve stewed in it all day but now I get to move on.
I remember being grateful when I woke up because I knew writing would make me feel better. Too many people walk around with their feelings untouched and unexamined. Ignoring how you feel only makes it worse, and we all know that. Writing can help you pin down what’s really going on. Ten minutes. That’s all you need. Just don’t stop. Don’t censor yourself.
And I’d say that writing is far better than sitting and thinking. Thinking gets repetitive, negative, and circular real fast, at least for me. When something’s really bothering me, thinking it out usually makes me feel worse. Write it out. Thoughts fly in and out of your mind but writing lets you cut through the bullshit and channel how you really feel. I can’t tell you how many times I wrote and wrote and wrote and landed at a line that made me go, “Yeah, that’s it.”