Why I write, and you should too.

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Why I write, and why you should write too. The implications of writing and more.

When I started treatment for my depression and extreme anxiety, I wrote in my journal every day. It's a kind of therapy that anyone can do and it has tremendous implications and the results are real, at least they are for me. The simple act of keeping a journal, diary or even writing a story is not only a way of releasing conscious pain but can be passed from generation to generation as a way of preserving who you are for decades or even millennia to come, instead of being forgotten shortly after death like the majority of people. I have been keeping a diary for years now and someday, someone will inherit it along with everything else. It might get thrown away, it might get read and preserved, but my memories and my personality will forever be engrained in those writings and I will be alive as long as it exists. I guess that’s why I am an amateur writer, because I do not want to be forgotten like everyone else when I die and I have a voice and an opinion that is just as important as anyone else, except I choose to voice my opinion and be heard instead of hoping someone will do it for me. Basically, writing for me is not only a way to represent my ideas and ideals and who I am, but frankly I want to be remembered long after I die. I know that for as long as there is a United States government I will be remembered for my Military service in the Army, something I am extremely proud of. Some of my ashes forever on display in Arlington cemetery’s Columbarium, but now my thoughts, ideas and ideals are on the internet and not just on paper. Just Google my name and you will find page after page of “me”. The internet will continue to grow and my name and my writings will continue to be spread through the internet and someone in another part of the world will read an essay, poem or story I wrote and now a part of me, my mind, and my consciousness will now be transferred to them. So writing gives us a sense or a kind of immortality, just as having children does for others. When we read ancient Chinese script from 1600 BC, we are transformed into the minds and lives of those individuals who have been dead for over 3600 years, yet their story, there ideas and ideals, their consciousness is imprinted in that text and they are as alive today as they were 36 centuries ago. Most people do not understand the power and the implications writing has, but I know those who write often do. I wish that more people would share their stories, ideas and thoughts; because there is always a person waiting for that one answer and you might be the one to provide it. Happy writing to everyone.

 


Submitted: May 06, 2015

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Criss Sole

I thought this was some great advice. I lived through an incredible tragedy in my life, and writing my story was the only thing that kept me going most days. I do hope that after I die someone would still want to read it.
I also realize my pen name sounds rather masculine, and I have been referred at to 'Mr" or 'Sir' on booksie on more than one occasion. I am actually a 28 year old female. Maybe my display pic throws people off. But I thought I would mention that because I didn't want you to get the wrong idea about who I am. I do enjoy reading your writing and I hope to be back in the future to read more.

Mon, May 20th, 2013 12:54pm

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I apologize for the mistake about gender, I should have read the name more closely and I would have realized that. Thank you for your comments. I would love to read your story, where might I find it, is it published on this site? I am happy to find that I am not alone when it comes to writing as a way of self therapy. A lot of people suffer all their lives with horrid memories of horrid things that happened to them and they just keep it bottled up and it does nothing but hurt them. The ones who hurt you go on with their lives and don't loose not one night's worht of sleep over what they did to you, but even though I cannot pass judgement on those who have hurt me, like my uncle molesting me, God will pass judgement on him and he will have to deal with the wrath of God and I would not want to be in his shoes! Writing about it at least gets it out in the open, and even if you have to write about it often or in different ways, or have others read and reply to it, I strongly feel writing is as good as any antidepressant pill, at least for some people. I just released a new writing about a man who inspired me to be the man I am today, you might find it interesting. Thank you for your comments again, they really mean a lot to me! Happy writing to you and I hope you live a blessed life and remember what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger, and it sounds like you have a strong spirit.

Take care,
Mike

Mon, May 20th, 2013 7:50am

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