Re: new, 40+, lost
I write down my thoughts as an essay. Usually I write about what's on my mind or what I'm struggling with. For example, a few months ago I made the decision to share my suicidal ideation with my therapist. I wanted him to know what was going through my mind. I figured I wouldn't have the courage to bring up the topic with him so I just wrote it down ahead of time. After reading what I wrote I think he gained a better understanding of where I was at that point in time. Other times I may write about why I feel I'm stuck in life or why I think the way that I think.
I would like to add that I didn't start writing down my thoughts for him until I felt I could trust him and that he understood me.