Reflecting on writing daily for 125+ days

Published on Aug 15, 2020

After 125+ days it definitely feels like a habit, like brushing my teeth. If I skip it, something feels off. I've just went through my last 50 posts and noticed: 

  • I forgot the details. 
  • It's nice to see patterns of what was top of my mind and keeps coming back.
  • The good stuff tends to come out on days I did not necessarily to plan on writing at all / or about a certain topic. And the good stuff tends to be seen as such only in retrospect. 

Writing when I'm inspired is easy. What surprised me is: 

  • Finishing a day off by writing helps me to calm down.
  • Starting the day off by writing tends to make me more creative the rest of the day.
  • When I'm sad or emotional I tend to write from from the soul, most likely in a poetic form. The act of writing helps me to accept my feelings and let go. Just like they say: "Write it off your chest." If it weren't for the daily writing, on such days, I would not have written otherwise.
  • Writing when I feel stuck, worried or restless gives me clarity, wether in the private #morningpages on paper or here. 

This reminded me of what @jasonleow recently wrote after his 600th post in a row:

When in doubt, write. @andrewtsao coined this recently, [...] Feeling confused, lost? Write, and be found. Feeling inspired? Write, to build on it. Feeling 'meh'? Write, to shake it off.

So there are many reasons to write: to create, to share my experience, to remember, to calm down, to get clarity, to do a braindump, to release worries, to embrace my emotions, to reflect and to learn.

But I don't need a reason to write. I write because I have to. Just like @brandonwilson says.