Earlier today I was telling my friend about a process I call “angry journaling.” The premise is simple. When I get overly frustrated with a person, situation or life in general, I give myself permission to write freely. This means using large, bold fonts, scribbles, cursing.
I understand that for some people, this may be normal journaling. And I understand that journaling should always feel/be free – no permission is necessary.
So, why do I feel the need to give myself permission to be angry? Why do I edit myself….especially when I may be the only person to read any of my writing?
At least in part, this is what my culture has taught me. Or how I have interpreted events and conversations in my life.
Speak [politically] correct.
Keep your temper.
Put others before yourself
None of this is bad… but I take it too far and tend to repress anything that seems negative. And sometimes, that negativity needs an outlet.