BITS of a radio documentary feature voices of Florida residents recorded as Hurricane Andrew passed over.
Now today is a sunny, calm day here and that storm was 20 years ago somewhere else, but driving down River Road, I was unsettled by the sound of howling wind and the snippets of 911 calls.
The voices captured in those moments were THAT powerful.
This adds to my belief in the importance of keeping a journal in the midst of life’s storms, while they are happening, not waiting until they pass to reflect and capture. It will be your strongest and truest voice.
Maybe you’ll never do anything with it.
Maybe you will.
You don’t need to know the answer now.
For now, just write.
Take 5 minutes at the end of each day and write the salient thoughts as well as you can.
You might be the only person with the guts to write about the experience, to face the words, to acknowledge what’s happening and how you feel. Someone needs to give a voice to that. You don’t know why yet. Let it be that way.
This post originally appeared in August 2012 as “The Real Reason You Need to Keep a Journal.”
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