Mahalo for reading

It is the nicest thing to get feedback in an email or a tweet or here on my comments section that you enjoyed something I’ve written.
Writers write for an audience. It’s no fun to throw your words into the pond and no one else watches the ripples with you.
Many people keep journals without publishing them, many people like to write down what they are feeling, close the book or the laptop, with no intention of sharing it. I encourage you to write something down every day, make an effort to put down a few sentences about what you are feeling, the great stuff, the crap. It will be there for you in the future. Someday you’ll come upon something you wrote, and you’ll unleash a torrent of feelings that will sweep you back to that place. You’ll think about what you did, the what ifs, the way you wish it might have gone instead, you’ll learn from it.
Sometimes I go back to stuff I’ve written and have been very embarrassed by it. Other times, I’m not. It’s giving witness to a mental molting. You see where you’ve been, you understand where you are in the present. You think about what to write next. You think about your children or their children discovering the textural time capsule you’ve left behind. They’ll love it.

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.


  1. I’ve always had the passion to write, just what to write I don’t know. I’ve always wanted to write in a journal but have hard time with wanting it to look nice (calligraphy). Thanks to posts like this and others on Twitter I’m on my way.

    It took cyber media to get me started with old school passion…

  2. Hi Paula,

    I agree with what you’re saying about how important it is to write down your thoughts. Later on, they will be the most accurate documentary of your life and they will help you understand why you made certain decisions at certain times.

    When I started blogging together with my wife, I also discovered that this type of journal serves as a chronicle of what our kids are doing, saying and thinking in a way that goes beyond what you can capture in a photo.

    I’m not sure that our kids will care about that so much later on, but I know I will.

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