Writing is probably one of the most amazing tools that we have. I was reminded of this last month.
I was at a really low place in my life. I was feeling depressed and miserable. I couldn’t figure a way out of my bad mood. It seemed like I was stuck.
But then Thanksgiving came around. (To all my American readers, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday today. In Canada, we celebrate ours in October.) I wanted to write a post about all the things that I was thankful for but I wasn’t inspired to do so.
I went back and read my Thanksgiving post from last year and I realized that I was happy back then. I then had an epiphany. I realized that I was focusing on my heartbreak and all the things I thought I had lost. When the truth is, I hadn’t really lost anything. Sure, things hadn’t turned out the way that I had wanted them to, but while we were together I was really happy. I was reminded of the saying that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. And I finally got it.
I wrote a thankful post and immediately felt better. It was amazing how much my writing helped me. If I hadn’t of written that post last year, if I hadn’t been able to look back at it, and if I hadn’t been inspired to write a new one, I’m not sure how long I would’ve stayed in that blah mood.
Writing helps me to figure things out. I like being able to look back at what I have written to see what I was thinking and feeling at the time. I never knew that writing could actually break me out of a really low spot in my life. That was amazing.
That is why I am thankful for writing. I love having this blog and I still write in a journal because I truly believe that writing helps. I hope you do too.