Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Your Handwriting Matters
When the topic comes up, I always encourage people to use their own handwriting instead of typing/printing/etc. A sign in their home, a letter, captions in a scrapbook, a birthday invite, addressing wedding thank yous- all in your handwriting. Many argue with me that their handwriting is messy, that writing is more time consuming, that they just don't like their handwriting. I think that there is a lot more to it than that...and here are a few reasons why:
2. Handwriting reveals personality. I remember using these cheap handwriting analysis books in jr. high to analyze how the slant of my l's revealed that I was an optimist and the curve on the tail of my y's showed that I was an introvert. I would not put a lot of stock into what official graphology says about you through your handwriting, but just remember on a personal level that your handwriting is a bit of, well, you. Your personality is carried and emotions can be expressed through handwriting. Despite the fact that the twenty two students in my classroom have almost all been taught by the same teachers, their handwriting is very unique and I can usually tell their papers apart easily even when they don't have names. I can also tell when they were in a hurry, when they were confident, and when they were unsure. I can see them in their writing.
I challenge you to remember that your handwriting matters, that it means something to those around you, and that perfect isn't a requirement for something to be important. Find ways to incorporate handwriting into your days, and learn to love that you share a bit of yourself with each stroke of the pen.