Life is busy. There’s no doubt about that. But the fact is, I’m not busy 24/7. In fact, I’m far from it. But I would consider my mind busy 24/7. Even if I’m relaxing, zoning out in front of a rerun of The Big Bang Theory on TBS spending time with Nick and the dogs, I’m still thinking a million miles a minute and my brain is usually not merely focused on Sheldon’s latest social faux pas. What, you ask, is my mind zeroing in on? Absolutely nothing specific and probably nothing urgent.
Here’s an example of my thought process on any given week night:
I need to do laundry… I’m thirsty… What do we have to drink in the fridge?… I wonder if that V8 juice is still in there… If I put a load of laundry in the washer now, I can get it in the dryer by 8:20 and still have enough time to fold it before I want to go to sleep… Hmm, popcorn might be good… But then I’d definitely have to get a drink cause the salt will make me thirsty… I remember finishing that V8 juice because I put the empty jug in the recycling bin… What am I wearing to work tomorrow?… Do I need to do laundry or can I do it after I get home tomorrow?… I need to finish that book on my Kindle before it gets returned to the library automatically… Which day did I check it out?… Let’s see, I was subbing in the middle school, so it must’ve been Thursday…
And that’s just a snippet of about two minutes of thoughts. There’s a whole lot of nothing in that example, but sometimes I must admit that it’s difficult to focus on relaxing (sounds like it should be an oxymoron, right?) when I have so much going on in my brain. The good thing is, I’ve found a solution that works 95% of the time (the other 5% accounts for when I have overpowering thoughts about deadlines, finances, and relationships). I write.
It seems as if when I’m writing out my thoughts and feelings, I can expunge them from my mind for at least a little while. It also helps me gain clarity on everything happening in my head. Maybe I’m feeling overwhelmed by some looming deadlines or things I need to get done; making a to-do list and writing down each item I need to complete does wonders. Perhaps I’m stressed about plans for my upcoming wedding; writing out a text and letting my fiance or Maid of Honor know I need some moral support is a huge help. It’s really amazing how much writing aids me on a daily basis.
Questions to Consider:
- How does writing help you on a daily basis?
- How do you use the written word for focus, evaluation, or expression?