For me it's simple: Writing helps me to keep my mind clear. Writing helps me know myself better. Writing helps me set life goals for myself. And, writing has helped me create a life of my dreams.
Many people get stuck even before they start writing, not knowing where and how to start. I'll share some tips that helped to me to not only start writing for myself but even helped me become a professional lifestyle writer.
Write For Yourself: Many people experience a writer's block even before they start writing. I feel that most of us get stuck with writing articulately, as if to impress anyone else who would read what they've written. In order to write with abandon, when you get started keep your writings personal. You don't need to share your thoughts with anybody else if you don't want to. In fact, I would suggest, please don't share your writings with anyone if your purpose is to truly know yourself.
When you start writing, you'll realise that your mind is cluttered with thoughts that you wouldn't want to admit to yourself, let alone share them with anyone else. Let's admit that we're no saints. Even if we assume that we have mostly good thoughts and try to be good people, we all have thoughts that we'd rather keep in our heads than spell them out in front of anyone else. In order to create space in your mind, these are the thoughts that you need to start emptying out on paper. This exercise alone is so liberating!
Write Spontaneously: Once you're past the initial hurdle, you may be wondering where to get started. I would suggest that you start with thoughts that are top most in your mind, Right Now! If you start thinking about what you want to write, you may get stuck mid-way. Just start writing whatever is going on in your head. Before you know it, you'll be expressing your plan for the day or the next few days, you may end up writing a to-do list, you may start expressing something that has been bothering you, and so on. The best part about writing spontaneously is that you'll be surprised with the number of thoughts that clutter up your mind. (And we wonder why concentrating on any one thing is such a difficult task!)
Just as clutter in your environment saps you of energy, a cluttered mind keeps you distracted from the present. There's always so much to do. If we keep it all in our mind, I find it starts going in circles in our head. Just writing out everything creates some empty space in the mind that can then be utilised for creative thinking and constructive planning on how to get things done.
Get To Know Yourself: I have heard from so many friends that they don't really like their current jobs, but for the lack of knowing what they truly want to do, stay stuck in a rut. Most people have a general idea of how they would like to shape their lives, but when it comes down to the details, they have no clue about where to get started.
According to me, the first step of living the lives of your dreams is knowing what you really want.
So what are you waiting for? Get a pen and paper, or open your laptop or the notes in your phone, and start expressing your thoughts. Do drop me a line, if you find the exercise liberating, joyful, healing or you experience some surprising revelations.