There is something spiritual about simply writing down your thoughts.
Writing down your thoughts gives you a chance to discover more about yourself through introspection.
I think the biggest effect introspective writing of any style has is that a lot of the time what you write is subsequently a reflection of your values and innermost wants/desires. Creativity has a way of doing just that; being in some way a reflection of the creator.
Many people don’t even think they have it in them, they say “I’ve got nothing to write about” or are scared, saying “What if someone reads it and thinks it’s stupid”.
The latter is why when I first started writing, it had to rhyme. I was too afraid of what others might think. Everything I wrote had to be like a rap in order to fit in with what I thought was cool at the time. The fortunate thing is that I have continued to write over the years and because of it I have grown to better understand myself. With practice, my writing style and skills have grown too.
How I came to discover the power of creative writing.
For several years now I have been discovering the benefits of writing in my life. I write down my thoughts, my dreams, goals and lists for the near and distant future. I also write poetry, which is where it all began…
As a young man I was very much in my own personal hell and I didn’t know how to get out of it or even if I could get out. At the time I simply felt hopeless and powerless which was a feeling that was all too familiar to me and mostly the result of my childhood. More times than not, my childhood was pretty rough and a struggle to get through from day to day, but somehow I always came back to the thought that there were other kids out there that had it worse.
As a teenager I eventually turned to drugs to numb the pain and feeling of helplessness that had consumed me and by age 19 I was using and selling hard drugs every day. I needed a way out because I knew I didn’t belong in the hell that I had made my home but I didn’t know how to get out.
Then one day I started doing something that would eventually change my life. At some point during my drugged up haze I started writing down my feelings, but because I was ashamed to be writing down my feelings they had to rhyme.
I started writing raps and it began to reveal a lot of the thoughts that had been bottling up inside me, thoughts that would otherwise go around in my head without any real direction.
The words came slowly most of the time because I was either too high to concentrate or too mentally exhausted but they eventually came out and with them I began to really learn more about myself and my situation through introspection.
Before long I had come to the realization that I didn’t belong in the hell I was in and at around about the same time as this realization I had an even more profound revelation;
I was becoming a man. A young man that had the potential to create a life that was far from the one I was in, and so I started focusing on my blessings.
It was like I had discovered my natural blessings for the first time and when I focused on them they helped me to be hopeful that I could eventually build a life I dreamed of. These blessings were the simple things like; having two strong hands and feet, a young mind, time on my side, and four younger siblings (which being a role model for were my motivation).
Because of this revelation of self through writing and self development, I am now in that place I had only dreamed of almost a decade ago. I am sure I would not have gotten out of that hell so soon let alone unscathed if I didn’t start writing down my thoughts. Looking back at it all, I now see the power of writing.
In my personal case I have discovered the power of writing in the form of poetry, but for everyone it is different. Some people like to journal, writing down the events of the day and how they felt throughout the day, others like to write stories, others write out their plans and goals, ideas, lists, philosophies etc.
As long as you are writing down your thoughts, you will at least begin to understand more about yourself and the world you live in and one of the reason is because if you write more, you will naturally read more.
Jim Rohn was one of the 20th centuries most influential motivational speakers and a leader in personal development. Here’s what he had to say about writing-
“If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual, keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down.”
Anne Frank wrote- “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”
Natalie Goldberg Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
You might not think what you write will be amazingly interesting to others, you might not even want anyone to read what you write. Though one thing is for sure, we all have thoughts and words in our minds, that is a fact of life. Why not write some of them down and find out what those thoughts really mean to you?
Write down whatever you want, whatever you are thinking, what your wildest dreams are, and before long you’ll see that what you write is more important than you originally thought.
…What follows is the first poem I wrote that wasn’t for another person. It was written at a time when I was just starting to realize that I wasn’t so helpless any more and was becoming a man. While I was still in my own personal hell, it gave me my first glimpse of a way to get out. From this poem and the other things I wrote that followed in the years to come I discovered a creative way to begin understanding my inner most thoughts and dreams. I hope you like it.
Everything is clear.
It’s all gonna to be fine,
It’s been so many years,
And right now is the first time,
I’m breathing calmly and slowly,
With my feet firmly on the ground,
It’s the beginning of a new world,
Where there’s no obstacle I cannot pound,
I don’t know where this path will take me,
Past roads have had some demons,
I have fought through with my angels beside me,
As I will do for many more seasons,
Now each battle that I endure,
Be it in my mind or by my two bare hands,
With my newfound insight and ingenuity,
To win the battle is to understand,
To understand is to search for wisdom,
And only through truth will you grow wise,
To speak only truth is my greatest weapon,
Because once the truth is revealed,
So are the lies.
So, as long as I walk with my head held high,
And seek the truth,
I shall find,
Everything is clear to me now,
It’s all gonna be fine.
By Joseph Tran
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