I’ve kept a free-write journal for many years now. Here are two things I’ve learned.
First, almost all challenges, difficulties, and pains are quickly forgotten. Reading my entries from months earlier, I’m always struck by how intense and extreme small problems seemed at the time. Anxieties and doubts usually faded away in just a few months.
Second, some challenges, successes, and themes continued forever. The way I described and framed my inner experiences was consistent. I used the same terms and examples to express my happiness, disappointment, optimism, and doubt. I understood who I was and what was important to me.
Go and learn about yourself. Take five or ten minutes a day to journal. Come back in a few months and tell me what you found.