Friday, April 19, 2013

My Burn It Book

burning book 

I have a journal I write in that no one will ever read. It's what I lovingly refer to as my "burn it book". It's filled with things in my mind, things I would never say to anyone, letters to people I'll never send, miscellaneous things I feel guilty for, judgements of things that have happened and so on... I shred or burn the pages of this book frequently and once it's full and completely empty, I'll get another journal and do it all over again.

Why? Simple- some thoughts were never meant to be shared with anyone. EVER! I simply need to get them off my chest and out of my head and writing it in a journal is cheaper than getting a therapist.

There is an amazing sense of freedom from writing things down that I know no one will ever see. Now, if I haven't put the current pages in the paper shredder or atop a fire soon and something happens to me or I leave the book in public, sure, there is a chance that these pages could be viewed but I am hopeful that this won't happen.

Typically right after I write something down in this journal it's destroyed, but sometimes I get a little reckless and put it off a few days. However, for the most part I write freely knowing my thoughts can freely escape my mind and then go into the abyss and feel secure that no one will know what I have written.

Imagine being able to tell your boss EXACTLY what you think of them, tell your spouse exactly how awful that meal they spent four hours trying to cook REALLY tasted or tell your kids that you sometimes wish YOU could run away from home. It could feel great in the moment but you might regret it as soon as the words leave your mouth. Everything you are not supposed to say can be said and probably should escape your mind so that you don't blow up later and actually say these things to these people ...that is what the "burn it book" is for me. No one gets hurt by it and I'm instantly left with an overwhelming sense of calm once I've put pen to paper.

Want to start your own burn it book? It's so easy to do. You can get a really fancy journal like this one, this one or even the journal that looks like the one from Cruel Intentions. Since your going to be burning/shredding it though, you could just get a spiral notebook from the dollar store. Then, all you do is write. Anything, everything, even things you don't think you should write down or say out loud.

The most important thing is to make sure that as soon as you write down what you don't want others to see you destroy it! Don't be the fool that ends up getting a divorce, getting fired or being ousted from your family because your thoughts became public! In fact, do yourself a huge favor, keep your paper shredder by your bed or your writing area and as soon as you finish your page, SHRED IT IMMEDIATELY ;)

What do you think of the idea of a "burn it book"?

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  1. I tell people what I think of them, allthough in nicer terms that I'd use in such a book, but I do tell them. Keeping it in just hurts you in the end.

  2. I have kept a journal over the years and I don't think that I would want anyone to ever read my journals...whether or not I was venting.

    I most admit, writing in a journal just does not cut it for me...a total waste of my time. I do love writing though...that is why I blog.

    Rachel recently wrote The 16 Habits of Highly Unsuccessful People

  3. I keep a journal, but would never destroy it. I understand what you mean, though, about having thoughts you want to express but wouldn't want anyone to know.

  4. Its nice to see your lovely face ans great writing on my Google+ feed. Of course, I'm a little scared of what you written about me


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