If you haven’t read up about the 7 Reasons Why You Should Start A Journal, you should definitely read that first! Once you’re done with that, you might have a couple of misgivings about starting a journal. I’ve gathered up a few common reasons why most people might be averse to starting a journal as well as some counter arguments!
5 Reasons Not To Keep A Journal
My Life Isn’t Interesting Enough
We tend to judge ourselves with a harshness we don’t deserve and sometimes, journaling helps us get through that. Start writing and you’ll realize quickly how interesting your life and your thoughts actually are. They just need a platform outside of your cranium where they can be properly expressed and the private space of your journal is a great place to let them out.
In case you don’t know what you could possibly write about in your journal on a daily basis, there are a ton of websites where you can get prompts for the day. And if even those aren’t working out for you, try these 17 Journaling Ideas that I shared!
Someone Will Read My Journal
A very valid concern for a lot of people, especially kids with parents who get a little too worried, or even siblings who just like wrecking things up. It can feel like an incredibly unfair breach of privacy to have your journal read by people you didn’t give permission to, especially if those people are someone you’re supposed to expect support and comfort from. It kills the overall joy of journaling and destroys the concept of there being a private space.
It’s probably best to introduce preventive measure right from the start. For example, pick a notebook that seems normal and could be hidden with your school books and notes. Or keep your journal somewhere safe, like under your bed or at the back of your shelf or even carry it around in your bag. Similarly, you’re going to have to write at a time where no one will be able to see you or write in a way that makes it seem like you’re just doing some regular homework.
Never leave your journal out. Even if it’s not an invitation to read, people will read anyway. You could write warning notes on the first page but the chances of the warnings being heeded are pretty slim. If you think it’ll work, you could also talk to your family members and explain to them that they’re not supposed to read the journal. If they’re understanding, then that’s a win for you! (But do not engage unless you are 100% sure of their support).
Journaling/Writing About Myself is Weird
It sure feels weird at the start but it gets better. Think of it as a way of expressing yourself and talking to yourself and discovering yourself. Even if it feels weird or is weird, you’re the only one who is seeing it. Nobody else.
Granted, if you’ve been journaling for a few days and are still finding it super weird or uncomfortable then maybe journaling really isn’t for you!
Journaling is a Kid/Girly Thing to Do
Anne Frank isn’t the only one who had a journal. A lot of other historical figures kept journals. Take Winston Churchill, for example. He is a pretty big historical figure and an even bigger racist who kept a journal.
Keeping a journal isn’t something inherently for kids or for girls. It’s for people who want to voice out their thoughts without worrying about what someone else might think. It’s for people who want to take a few moments out of their day to sit down and develop their own thoughts and ideas and feelings before expressing them out properly to the world.
There’s nothing childish about it.
I Don’t Have Time to Journal
A valid concern when it comes to journaling.
To this, all I can say is that you have to make time. Whether it’s spending just a few moments after waking up or before going to sleep or even during traveling or just taking a break at work or between studies. If you really put your mind to something then you will always find time for it!
But if you feel like you are not motivated enough to make time for journaling, but you still want to journal, you don’t have to do it every day. Journaling should be done whenever you want to, wherever you want to. So if you don’t feel like doing it or if you don’t have the time to do it, you don’t have to do it. Save it for another time, another day when you have so much to say that you make up for all the days you couldn’t write.
The point is: journaling is just for you. Don’t hold yourself to high standards. Just let things flow on their own! Have a nice day!