We’re all born with talents that most of us explore, and sadly some don’t. Of the many talents that an individual can be blessed with, I believe that the ability to write well is one of the best gifts ever. Maybe this assumption does have an angle of prejudice because writing is the area I have personally explored and settled in, but there’s no denying the fact that not everyone can put to words their true feelings.
Writing skill, as far as my experience with it goes, is one of the best forms of catharsis. I’ve known dancing and music to be highly effective forms of catharsis too, but the meditative experience that writing provides; I’ve failed to experience elsewhere.
Honestly, all the posts on my blog are personal experiences put into phrases and poems right at the moment I was going through them. There are so many more experiences that I have written, explaining perfectly what I was feeling, why, what would make me feel better and what I’d do about it next. No, I never romanticised the circumstances but being capable of writing things down, precisely as they were in my head, proved to be one of the best forms of de-stressing and mental balancing for it.
I believe it has to do with acceptance. When we are writing down how we feel, we are being completely honest with ourselves and are accepting the situation for what it is – acknowledging even our own flaws and mistakes. And as they say, acceptance is the first step to improvement. I don’t believe that any other form of artistic skill has this ability to lay a foundation to self betterment on this level.
Also, writing things out enables us to let our feelings out in private and hoard them upon someone else who may or may not be genuinely concerned. So if you are one of those people who can put your thoughts into words honestly and appealingly, consider yourself blessed with a great gift for your mental health. Writing has been with me through my good and bad experiences in life. And from personal and professional acquaintances, I have learnt that not many people are capable of this. More the reason to be thankful for it.
Here are a couple of links to the articles that I had written as a form of catharsis during difficult times.