Thinking about it, I've always loved writing. From the stories I wrote as a kid to the poetry I wrote during therapy.
In fact, I've just had a major breakthrough - at both primary and secondary school, I really took pride in my homework.
Yes, for the good grades and to placate that perfectionist in me, but then I'm pressure sure the fact that I just really enjoyed the writing itself also came into it. Sh*t. Mind.blown.
I actually *loved* English up until around the age of 13 or 14 when it came to exams and then things got more serious and we started looking at strange powers and literary rules and a bunch of other stuff that just didn't click with me. Plus the couple of English teachers I had were just, well, kinda odd.
I only got back into writing about 10 years later when I started blogging, around the same time as I left my sales job in the City after being fed up and exhausted with that lifestyle.
This has since moved to regular journalling, I've dabbled in morning pages (waking up and jotting down whatever's on your mind), continued blogging and poetry. I'm also currently writing my first book.
As far as my health goes, journalling and poetry have been particularly valuable for me, in processing thoughts and feelings and past experience and accessing places deep within me.
I think the reason for this, and why other introverts and HSPs also identify with writing as a useful medium through which to explore, is three-fold:
We're pretty guarded individuals. We barely talk about ourselves full-stop, let alone about that meaty, heavy, deep stuff under the surface (which is often embedded pretty deep)
We are deep, sensitive souls. We are feelers and seekers we've got much depth and complexity to us. Depth which, in my experience, I've been able to access in ways through my writing which I haven't been able to in any other way.
We're more comfortable expressing ourselves in writing than we are through spoken words. We like to ponder and think and reflect before committing to letting out what's inside, whether that's during a work meeting or when we have to deliver a speech. Writing lets us do that, it lets us control what's coming out and do it in our own time and space.
For any introverts and HSPs who would like to lean more into their writing, I would really recommend it. I'll be sharing more about my writing process in future posts here on IntrovertJedi.
PS. You might also want to read:
What *is* an introvert? (+ what the experts say)
What is a highly sensitive person (HSP)?
Wednesday, 12th December 2018
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