I have now been writing a daily small diary in Korean for 3 months and a half, and a blog post a week (in English) for the past month. This has had a big impact on my life and I now want to summarize a few key points that happened during that time.
1. A better understanding of myself and appreciation of life
By writing on a daily basis about my life and the things I am thankful for, I have gotten a better understanding of who I am, what are my goals and how I am evolving.
We live our lives thinking we know what we want and do. But by seating down and writing about it on a daily basis, we can make sure our life is not just unfolding before our eyes but instead evolving with us.
This also allows us to think about the small things that we would forget over time and appreciate them one at a time. And thus, it can contribute to appreciate our life as a whole much better.
2. Concise and organized thoughts
I have had many thoughts on my mind for a long time. As a very talkative person, even my own thoughts were made of long monologues, often messy enough to lose the point of it midway.
Writing blog articles in the optics of being read has allowed me to start making my sentences, thoughts, more concise and straight to the point. I obviously still have a long way to go. But there is improvement seen.
Thinking of the span of attention of typical readers, I know that sentences and paragraphs need to stay short. Being awful at this, I spend time trying to shorten my sentences. And as a result, also review my thought process.
3. A thirst to read
By writing about real things and opinions I have, I realize more and more how much I do not know. I also understand that whatever I wish to know, I can find someone who wrote about it. By trying to improve my writing style also, I have learned to dive more into reading.
I am, as a result, learning more and more by reading, thus giving myself new ideas of topics to discuss, ways to attract readers, etc.
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” — Jim Rohn
Reading is learning. By reading every day, we can become a better person each day and become a better version than we ever dreamed of.
I don’t believe I could put in good terms how much writing has contributed to my improvement in life. All I know is that I feel, it’s only the beginning of a very long journey. And that I plan on enjoying every single bit of it.
Originally published at yuhakko.wordpress.com on November 12, 2018.