Shateek Palmer: A Teenager Writing in Notebooks

A wonderful essay by Shateek Palmer, a young man who turned to writing to cope with a difficult life:

The first time I ever wrote about my feelings was when my grandmother was placed in the hospital. I was 9 years old. I knew I had to be strong for her, so I wrote about how much I loved her. I wrote in a notebook because I didn’t want to show my feelings to other people….

To this day, I still write in a notebook, usually three pages every night before bed. It takes two to three weeks to fill up a notebook, and I have a stack of notebooks next to my dresser, starting from when I was 10.


I hope Shateek fills many more stacks of notebooks, hopefully with happier things than they’ve held so far.

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2 thoughts on “Shateek Palmer: A Teenager Writing in Notebooks”

  1. What a wonderful story, but I’m very sorry he’s had to have such a hard life. I can relate to writing in notebooks to help through difficult times. It’s a very effective therapy for me, and I’m glad that is seems to have also been able to serve that way for Shateek!

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