Dec. 8, 2020

The last entry.

(Edit: This wasn't the last lol, and some of my sentiments don't hold up.)

My last journal entry was on November 9, almost exactly a month ago, but my break this time was more deliberate instead of accidental. The reason was I just didn't really feel like doing it anymore. With me taking a break on purpose, I thought it would be interesting to see what would change in my life.

Now, I don't think me stopping journaling is connected with me not having touched the piano in a while because I used to play a lot even without journaling. It probably has to do with the fact that I've spent most of my time consuming a lot of media - checking off things on my to watch/listen to list. Whatever the case, I've written a journal entry today, and I'll be going back to playing the piano later (this is a day entry).

Did I miss journaling? Hmm... this may come as a a surprise but not really. Journaling for me isn't interesting when there just isn't much that happened during the day that I want to talk about - which is often the case. Maybe my answer was no because piano was a huge part of the reason why I journaled, but to be honest, journaling didn't really add anything significant to my playing. I think journaling is a good writing and expressive exercise; however, I think it's probably most useful when you have thoughts in your mind that you deeply want to lay out or problems that are very hard for you to overcome. That's probably when journaling is best because that's when it allows you to let it all out, look back on what you just wrote, learn, and make an educated action based on that - kind of like the the scientific method.

About the journaling community we have here, I really do love it. It was super insightful reading what everyone was going through or just had to say. However, (and I hope I don't offend anyone with this) I feel like I've already seen everything that I might've learned something from, and reading other people's stuff just felt exhausting. Is this hypocritical because I'm making this public? A bit, but I haven't seen anyone post something like this, so I hope those who journal may see this and evaluate why they journal and hopefully find a deeper meaning behind it that will allow them to keep on doing it.

So since I won't be journaling like I used to anymore, will I journal on days that have the potential to be an interesting journal entry? Possibly, and I'll probably make those entries private. Realistically however, probably not because journaling isn't exactly a habit for me anymore. Does that make me sad? A bit, but I like to think I've expressed most what I've been thinking these past 6 months.

With what I've learned from writing this journal entry, I think I'll be taking an official break from journaling. Journaling was a very good thing for me because I got to grow a lot while doing it. It's just that, the past journal entries haven't really been things to learn from. They've just been a written account of the day which other people may like doing, but I just don't.

Thank you for reading my last journal entry. Goodbye for now, and remember to be kind and keep striving!

Written by Quarter

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Posted On Dec 08, 2020

Bye Quarter! We will miss you! Glad that you had a good time journaling and it can be exhausting to read other people's entries, but that's really just an optional activity to get a glimpse of other people's daily lives. No one is forcing you to read other's entries, you journal mainly for yourself.

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