Unsatisfactory.

Today is National Handwriting Day. I’ll just go ahead and pretend this is more important than it really is.

Some of you out there (you know who you are) are blessed with handwriting that is an art in and of itself–handwriting that others want to see and possibly even spend money on.

I am not one of those fortunate few.

I have been cursed with a sloppy hand. So bad I was even given multiple unsatisfactory grades for handwriting in elementary school. Seriously. That happens.

I’ve tried to overcompensate. I’ve tried to make my writing interesting, or at least legible. I spent years writing out everything I possibly could, from my original writings to rewriting things I liked. Or rewriting my own writings, then rewriting again. Seriously.

I had calligraphy sets. I bought fancy pens. I bought numerous notebooks and journals and albums hoping they’d prompt me to clean up my act.

They didn’t. I tried, but it was of no consequence.

I have bad hand writing.

It’s boring. It’s sloppy. It’s immemorable.

Even at its most legible . . . blah.

Thankfully, I belong to a time where your handwriting won’t make or break you. We’ve got keyboards (I should also mention I don’t know how to type . . . no really), voice recognition software, smart phones that help isolate you from your sloppy penmanship.

But I still long for the type of handwriting that evokes jealousy. Ughhh. I’ll just keep hiding behind this keyboard.

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5 thoughts on “Unsatisfactory.

  1. cat says:

    I HAVE THOUGHTS ON THIS! I’ve also long despaired over my crappy handwriting. I reinvented my writing several times. HERE IS WHAT WORKED:

    this year, for the first time in my life, I started drawing every single day. Now I have very nice handwriting. I think it was an issue of hand strength!

  2. adangross says:

    YOURS IS NICE. Or, more appropriately: compliments your work well.

  3. deb says:

    I think your handwriting is very pleasant looking. I’m not going to tell you it’s the most beautiful handwriting I’ve ever seen lol (and neither is mine that’s for sure), but I like the simple relaxed feel it has. I like it very much!

  4. adangross says:

    Thanks! I guess more of an issue is that it is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Yesterday I made myself handwrite a draft for work before typing and it was amazing how much it changed as it progressed down the page. Really think Cat is on to something about hand strength!

  5. cat says:

    Okay ONE MORE THOUGHT: when I was in elementary school, one of my classmates had to do exercises, squeezing a raquetball. They said it was for her hand strength/to improve writing. I’ve been thinking about taking that up, too.

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