On My Radar: Journaling

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In the summer going into the sixth grade I read Harriet the Spy. Harriet carried a composition notebook with her at all times and wrote about what she saw each day. I thought this was the coolest thing ever and decided that I too wanted a composition notebook to fill with my thoughts and observations. I decided I would write in it every day about my activities and what I did each day.

I soon became obsessed with writing every last detail of every single day. If I was a day behind, I couldn't write about the new day until the past was caught up. I made it about two thirds through the summer until I gave up. Besides the travel journal I kept when I went to Europe, I have not picked up a journal since. What was once a "cool" activity of mine became my main cause of stress.

I recently picked up journaling again. I vowed it would not become something obsessive. Now I write in my journal because I want to, not because I have to. So far I've I really enjoyed it. It's nice having something that doesn't have a deadline. Journaling has become an outlet for me and because of that I am grateful.

Do you keep a journal?

- Madeline Simone