Pen Pals to Private Messaging
When I attended William B. Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY in the 60’s, I remember we had a teacher that gave us an unusual class assignment. We had to chose a Pen Pal from another country and write to him or her once a month. I am not sure how we chose the country or the person, but I do remember being excited because I loved to write.
My Pen Pal, was a young girl in Japan, I forget her name, but I will never forget how anxious I was to get her letters because they always included an origami creation. Something that she made just for me, it could be a flower, or a bird or some other exotic design and I kept them all in a shoe box under my bed.
Unfortunately, other than making paper airplanes or a “Fortune Teller Game” I was never able to create anything as fancy as she, however, I enjoyed writing multiple page letters which makes perfect sense now as to why I am a blogger – I LOVED TO WRITE!
Having a Pen Pal in the 60’s has now evolved into a new meaning in 2018, most teens are connecting via Private Messaging, sending a text or Snapchat. However, writing and communicating with someone one-on-one can still be fun and even lead to something greater, like writing a book or an eBook like my friend Lisa Bryant did.
If you didn’t have an opportunity to listen to the Podcast interview, please click this link afterward to listen to our conversation about “Journaling for Juniors.”
Since Lisa’s book launch, she has been traveling throughout the state speaking and signing copies of her book “You Are Enough: Keeping it 100 With Yourself.”
Writing, journaling or blogging is not only good for the mind, it is also good for the body and soul. We live in a world that is in constant change, with thoughts, ideas, news, and nonsense filling our heads on a daily basis. We all need a way in which to release some of the pressures that may be building in our brains and writing is one of the best ways to do so.
Not having time, shouldn’t be an excuse and you may be amazed at all that you have in your head, so take some time to make the time to write. Although you may not write longhand with paper and a pen, start typing your thoughts on a keyboard or dictating them onto your Smartphone and you may find the more you write the better you feel.
Do you find writing helps you release stress?