When given the assignment to write about a recreation, I was stumped. What do I do? What do I write about? I love camping, hiking, fishing and being outdoors, but that’s all a matter of personal opinion, and frankly I don’t spend a whole lot of my time doing it. I googled “what is recreation” and the definition was “activity done for enjoyment while one is not working.” The key word for me was enjoyment. I spend most of my “free time” doing one thing: writing.
Since middle school I have loved to write. I filled binders upon binders with laminated sheets of (poor quality) poetry that I’d written. Writing is therapeutic for me, I think better on paper. My emotions are released, my thoughts are clearer, and my questions make more sense when they are written down. I find peace in words when they are expressed in writing. There is a reason for this feeling, according to Adrian Furnham, Ph.D, a professor of psychology; writing is a form of therapy. According to his article “Writing as Therapy” published in Psychology Today in August 2013, “writing requires serious introspection: an attempt to make sense of the past. To examine it from various angles rather than simply try to shift blame onto others”. The result can be very curative.
Writing out thoughts, even just to tear it up, can create a clearer perspective of your story. It can help you differentiate appropriate feelings from irrational feelings. It can help release anger, and heartache. For those willing to share their personal writings, it can be beneficial for others to understand your perception and even further, it can help those dealing with the same find new ways to cope.
For me, after an argument, after a bad day, after a great day, after anything that has my emotions on high- writing out the story and the feelings that come with it help me better understand and sometimes, it helps me rationalize and realize that I could be partially to blame. The understandings that come from writing help me manage with the situation, whether good or bad.
Writing is an excellent recreation, it doesn’t require money, it requires only as much time as you are willing to give, it doesn’t necessitate a certain climate, weather, or season. It’s beneficial, it’s fun, and it’s informative. Writing has so many purposes, and can do so many things, it’s no wonder I spend most of my free time doing it.