Do you ever wonder what happens to your thoughts that you never release? I think they stay inside of you and become a part of your psyche - affecting your actions and decisions and emotions and attitude.
For me, writing is my release - I write and set free those thoughts that were captive in my mind. My mind is freed of those thoughts, but I can always reference them again if I ever want to remember what I was feeling or thinking at any given time.
I write both to remember and to forget.
Perhaps that is why therapy works for people - because by saying their thoughts out loud to someone, they are setting their minds free of what they were harboring before.
I am a somewhat private person in real life, but on paper, I am an open book. I found something I wrote in 2005 that I will share a part of with you here:
You don't need to know...
That sometimes I cry at night because I feel inadequate. I feel like I've failed my parents for having a daughter, and I feel like I've failed my daughter for not being her parent.
That I write what I can't say out loud.
That I am different versions of me depending on my audience.
That I sometimes say things hoping to convince myself it's true.
I read this the other day and was grateful that I had written this down so I could free my mind of what it had been holding onto. Writing is my therapy. It allows me to release and reset. I am going to start journaling at night again to allow myself to release what I didn't even know I had been harboring; to make myself a happier and gentler person.