Back in February, I published a piece entitled “How Writing Cured My Depression,” where I discussed writing as the cheapest form of therapy. Getting your thoughts on paper—or screen—can make a big difference because an individual’s mood is predicated on his or thoughts, and reading one’s own thoughts is revealing. Allowing others to read them is an important next step that not enough people take.
What depresses me now is that so many people don’t write—especially about themselves. They don’t write even when I encourage them and give suggestions on how to make time for it. They don’t write even when I reassure them that I can edit verbal chaos into orderly paragraphs and tight sentences. But I don’t think it’s their lack of confidence in me that’s the problem.
Most people are shy about writing. It’s a normal thing. They may keep a journal, but they are loath to share it. For the longest time I kept my feelings about humanity, politics, education, and social justice to myself because I either assumed people didn’t care or would attack me. Neither has happened.
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