"I’m going to start writing again."
That's a promise I’ve broken countless times.
But that's not the point.
The point is to keep coming back.
Writing as therapy
Writing is considered a therapeutic activity.
According to several studies, writing has been found to be effective in addressing a number of conditions including anxiety and depression.
Writing is no silver bullet either.
I still get migraine type headaches despite writing regularly.
Writing as cognitive development
There are cognitive benefits too.
Writing helps to sharpen your observation skills.
This happens especially when you go from “just looking” to taking field notes like a scientist.
I notice things, name them, and sometimes provoke people to make a ruckus.
Why I write
Knowing I have to write every day makes me a better person.
I learn to observe instead of just looking.
I learn to question instead of making assumptions.
I learn to use it for health reasons instead of giving in to anxieties.
Most importantly, I also learn to use it as a creative outlet.