Posted by Write In My Journal on October 13th, 2008 filed in Student, Woman

I watched S.D. (she asked that I not use her real name) hoist her 10-speed onto the train. I’ve always been a bit envious of people who have the discipline to ride their bikes as part of their commute so I decided to ask her about it. After chatting for a bit I asked her if she’d write in my journal. She hesitated, then said yes.

As we continued to talk after she finished writing, I noticed S.D. had a thoughtful, reflective countenance. A student at the University of Utah, she is studying both chemistry and English and wants to become a doctor of some kind. She asked me a lot about my journal and the project and we discussed some of the previous entries. Her story proved insightful and meaningful, especially for a spur-of-the-moment request. And I couldn’t agree more with her sentiment, “I think it is very necessary for people to write.” :)

“I guess I would be riding my bike mostly for the environment and partly for me. I think that it is very necessary for people to write. Sometimes through writing you begin to understand what you believe. You can’t decide what you believe, if you had to decide what you believe in you truly do not believe it. The greatest advice I have ever gotten was from my best friend, Jenet, she said that what you hate most in other people is always something that you contain in yourself as well. S.D.”

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10 Responses to “S.D.”

  1. Fit Bottomed Girls Says:

    S.D. looks and sounds like a beautiful girl. Someone once told me that same thing that her best friend told me and it’s always struck a chord with me. It’s really hard to hate on people after you realize that’s usually true…

  2. The Grocer Says:

    Excellent entry, she’s going to have me reflecting on that last sentence for awhile

  3. yosibreak Says:

    “what you hate most in other people is always something that you contain in yourself as well.”

    Her thoughts are engaging. Thank you for this.

  4. Michael Says:

    Now I know why I hate people who are so kind and charitable! Just kidding, nice entry again my friend!

  5. Ali S. Says:

    Profoundly thought provoking entry and she did it right when she got on the bus after riding her bike? Wow. Great advice and entry. :)

  6. nishi Says:

    i cudn agree less with S.D. beautiful thoughts and so true!
    hav felt the same abt the need to write many times! and tat is one of the many reasons i write! writing is like landmarks in the journey.. sometimes when we feel lost, we can find our way around with its help!

  7. Margi Says:

    I agree with S.D. When I was younger, I tended to write when it came to sorting out my thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. As I got older, I thought writing was juvenile and “teeny bopper-y” so I stopped for awhile. It’s only been within the past few years that I’ve again realized the value – for me and others in my life.

    I just love this project you’re doing and have considered “ripping it off” and doing something similar here in Phoenix.

  8. jay Says:

    Margi, I think it would be awesome if you could start a Phoenix “Chapter” of write in my journal, I think you should do it! maybe david could give you space on this very website? we could in theory then enjoy double the amount of journal entries, which would be great!

  9. Write In My Journal Says:

    Jay – There’s something like that already in the works. Stay tuned. ;)

  10. Denise Says:

    I think it would be a fantastic idea to get people from some of the major cities around to do it! Wouldn’t it?

    Either way, I marvel at your idea.