First off, I hope everyone is having a good finals week and studying is going well. I think in the next few days I am going to do a post about how I study and keep organized for finals. Let me know if that's something you would be interested in seeing!
Anyways, for one of my finals I had to write a paper instead. It was called a spiritual autobiography. It wasn't really focused on religion or anything it was just centered around how certain events for people have changed your life and affected you in one way or another. I was extremely scared to write this assignment because I'm not really used to writing about myself in deep emotional ways. However, after many weeks of putting it off and hours contemplating what to write, I just sat down at my computer and began to write.
I just started writing about whatever came to my head. It was crazy the things I was writing and didn't even know I felt and knew existed. I kept going enjoying the process. Pretty soon my paper was ten pages and I really didn't accomplish much in explaining my journey but I realized a lot about myself. I would recommend this process to anyone because it really opens yourself up to you. It awakens your mind to your deeper emotions and things that you may not even know about yourself.
I would suggest starting no where. Just grab a piece of paper and pen, or open up a new word doc and just start. The very first thing that comes to your mind when you think of something that has changed or affected you. I promise that this will be a hard but worthwhile process. For my class, we then had to go and share these feelings and thoughts with the class. Literally one of my biggest fears is showing people sides of me that are too raw or emotion filled.
Telling my story still haunts me but I realized it makes me who I am. While I didn't share every part of my life the part I did share feels good to get off my chest. While I still think about what I said and remember every minute of it, its okay. No one will judge me. They accept me for me. And the more I tell myself this then the more I will be able to open up more to the people closer to me. However, I'm not quite there yet but maybe one day I'll get there.
Any ways, back to the story. I would also suggest telling one person what you wrote about. It can be a complete stranger or a close friend who doesn't know the words you wrote. It may hurt to share or cut you deep but in the end it will be worth it.
I wish you all luck and please let me know if there is anything you want me to write about!! Good luck studying for all you taking finals!!
PS. If you want to share your story with me, I'm all ears. I'm a good listener too who has a lot more experience that you may think!