I must admit, this didn’t even occur to me until someone mentioned it. Then, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I thought, what if this is one of the things that holds people back. What if, this embarrassment is the reason why they are not utilising this super-powerful tool for success?
I decided, therefore, to address the issue here.4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed to Keep A Journal
It intrigues people
The most common reaction I get from people is curiosity. They are intrigued to find someone writing in a journal, not scandalized. Think about it. In this day and age, how often do you find people scribbling in notebooks? Especially in public? Unless you are sitting in a café or museum or something, not so much. People find it curious and interesting. Some might even gather up the courage to ask you about it. Whenever I go on holiday, I have a travel journal with me. I carry it with me everywhere, and especially use commute time such as a bus ride to sight-seeing location to scribble.
Every time, people look at me, and eventually after we’ve made eye-contact, smiled and maybe had a few lines of conversation, they ask me about my journal. A lot of times, then they tell me that they also keep a journal, or that they used to, or that they wished they did. No one has ever told me, “What the hell are you doing that for?”
It’s an intellectual thing.
You are writing. Pages of it. You have thoughts that you are coherently putting into words, so you are clearly not an illiterate. When you see someone writing in a journal, it’s pretty difficult to think of them as stupid. It automatically gives the other person that feeling that you must have something worth writing about.
It is also not a very common thing, so it automatically marks you as someone unusual, and unusual often means interesting. Okay, some people just find it weird and don’t like it if you are different, but then those are the people you don’t want to worry about.
It’s a conversation starter
After the earlier intriguing feature, some people would be brave enough to ask you, what is it and what you are writing. That gives you a good start to talk to new people. Maybe they want to keep a journal too, and you can give them a few pointers, or share your story. You never know what that conversation may turn out to be. You may be talking to your new best friend.
It’s Your Damn Business
This is the most important point. Take it as a test of your authenticity. Be yourself. If you want to journal, journal, and never mind what anyone else thinks.