Must Define What I SeeI've kept journals for ten years now and I think I've become a better writer because of them. They helped a lot during adolescence, from the teenage boy crazed rantings to the depressed "why won't anyone take me seriously" angst, to the questionable identity statements such as "am I gay?" to just writing what I thought I wanted. Writing in my journal helped to express what I felt I could not.
I've discovered answers, have found true desires, have hacked away at what I want in life, what I feel is my purpose in life and have used it as a tool to record every single thing that has happened to me, when, how I felt and how I feel about it now. Journal writing has been a great coping skill.