Friday, February 17, 2012


This is a guest post written by Melanie Bowen, Part-time Blog Contributor for Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. She also has her own blog: Milady Knows

Writing Your Dreams

Think about the last time that you were truly honest about who you were and what you wanted. The truth is that for many people, this is a harder thing to do than they think. Too often, we are stifled by what we should be saying or what we should want. We don’t think about the things we want as often or about the goals that, in essence, make us who we are. When you are in recovery from something like mesothelioma cancer, and even when your prognosis is quite hopeful, you’ll find that it can take something like journaling to get you to peaceful mental state you want.

Why Keep a Log?
Psych Central states that putting your feelings into words are a helpful tool in many more ways than one. Not only do you get your thoughts down on a paper and give yourself a physical reminder of what you want to accomplish in life; you will also stimulate your brain, causing you to think about how to make those goals a reality. For many people, their dreams are simply smoke. There is no reality to them, and nothing that connects their dream to their real life; this is where keeping a log or a journal comes in.

How Do I Keep a Log?
There is no right or wrong way to start writing down your goals or your dreams. Some people write in long, storyline detail about what they want to do, while other people write in short, fragmentary sentences. As long as the intent is clear to you, you’ll find that it doesn’t matter how you are doing it; all that matters is that you are getting your thoughts on paper. This is something that can be quite freeing when you first realize it. You do not have to write conversationally, and you’ll find that all you need to do is to get the words on paper.

Fun Extras
When you are logging your goals and journaling about what you want to do, don’t feel constrained to work solely through journal entries. If you find a picture that you love that is related to your goal, paste it into your journal. If you want to answer questions or to interview yourself, go ahead and do that. This is something that can help you figure out what you want and it also injects a bit of playfulness into the experience that helps you get where you want to go. A journal or log can be anything you need it to be, so take the time to experiment with your own ideas.

When you are on the move and ready to start living again, take a moment to think about what you can do with journaling and what kind of tool it can be for you.