I've never really written a journal before but I started in Jan. Since this is the first time I've put some of these thoughts to paper, they're pretty intense. But I'm concerned I'm writing the most emo journal ever- is there any way to not do that?
Oh my gosh, anon, some of my old journals are so emo. I am scared to go back and read them because oohhhh my gooodddddd, so embarrassing.
But that’s OK! No one ever ever has to read them again. Just writing things down helps us sort through them in our heads, and helps us remember our day, and for that matter helps us sort out what we feel is worth remembering about our day. Even if all you’re writing is what you had for dinner, the process of letting your day settle and putting things down on paper is therapeutic. They don’t have to be the beginnings of your autobiography :)
I still get annoyed with myself when certain themes pop up again and again. I guess if something keeps coming up, it means it’s on my mind and bothering me. I still get annoyed, though - I want more variety in my journal entries! ;P
If it helps, start or end your entry with a straight overview of the world at the moment: the weather outside, the things in the news, your friend’s new haircut, what you ate and did and overheard that day. It’s something to break up the pages of angst, and it gives your thoughts a bit of context.
Hope that helps a little!