When people find out that I perform stand-up comedy, they often say, “I never think of anything funny.” I can tell you now that everyone has humor in their bones. While most people may not think writing funny things is an art, I completely disagree. It takes a lot of practice to become comfortable with your own thoughts and ideas. A way to start doing that? Journaling. And that, friends, is something I highly recommend to everyone, and at any age.
When I say “journal”, I do not mean you have to keep a locked booklet with butterflies on the cover with the word Diary fancily drawn in the middle. What I mean by journaling, is jotting down what you think and making it whatever you are comfortable with. I still have many composition books from grade school at West End Elementary and old sticky note pads – even the Note pad in my phone. All of them are filled with different things. My favorite thing about this jotting down of thoughts and ideas is the lack of rules. You can write a daily entry to an imaginary person or write to a loved one who has passed on. You can write one sentence, a punchline, an idea, or just a good quote you heard during the day. And if you’re really adventurous – do all of them. Journaling is a great artistic outlet to be silly, emotional, poetic, and just yourself. And not have to worry about a scary date on Valentine’s Day.