The Power and Beauty of Handwriting
I have always loved writing but also perfecting my handwriting. As a kid, I practiced handwriting religiously on endless sheets of loose-leaf paper. The paper had to be free of creases, wrinkles, or any type of imperfection. My pencils had to be sharpened to a fierce point. It was a serious situation! I didn’t realize at that time the amount of solace handwriting gave to me.
Handwriting allows me to keep my thoughts flowing and it allows me to process my thoughts and emotions better. It also complements well with my love for writing random thoughts.
I always believe that the beauty of words is not fully dependent on the kind of pen or art you create with your words, but on the word itself. Now don’t get me wrong – my pen addiction is real. And there are certain pens that I love writing poetry with, while others for journaling. But whatever pen comes into my hand, I create and try my best to write with the best of who I am and what I’ve got.
Supposedly, your handwriting says a lot about your personality. For example, if you write large letters, it could mean you are people oriented, whereas small letters could mean you are introverted. Graphologist Kathi McKnight says that if you write with heavy pressure, you have strong emotions and feel things intensely. Light pressure means you move easily from place to place, and you don’t wear yourself out emotionally.
I’m not certain about the whole science behind handwriting. What I do know, at least for me, there is a correlation between moving my pen across the paper and my well-being. Seeing the letters form words, including the emotion each one exudes, is the best part.
These days, our laptops have made it so much easier to get the words out. You can delete and backspace to your heart’s content. The efficiency is there but the connection is missing. Writing in longhand is more time-consuming and onerous, and some people miss out when they abandon the pen.
When was the last time you wrote something? I mean really wrote something, putting pen to paper, and not just typing away on a computer. If it’s been a while, you might want to consider getting back into the practice. This blog post from IvyPanda shares 20 ways that writing is good for you, including less distraction and enhanced motivation. Now that’s definitely something to get into.