Note: This blog post was originally handwritten.
When considering my history when it comes to handwriting, I still remember the thrill of being allowed to write in cursive form in the third grade during the early ’70s. I also remember that my father ,who practiced law in the ’70s, had a secretary who knew how to write in shorthand. And, I remember the fun of writing in “Pig Latin” with early childhood friends.
I remember the excitement of receiving handwritten “love notes” from classmates in middle and junior high school as well as discovering the art of poetry writing. And, I can’t forget how “exotic” it felt to communicate via handwritten letters with a French Pen Pal during my ninth grade year. Such a global communication is so commonplace now, as we live in a world with global Facebook Friends and Twitter Followers.
I can recall handwriting my high school valedictory speech, the verbal delivery of which was preserved in a VHS tape, and how could I forget the countless notes hand-drafted during my college courses or those two-hour hand-written college exam essays?
Though I learned to type in high school, my transition from routine handwriting to the online digital world began with a Brother brand word processor in the early ’90s. I became fully entrenched in online technology and endeavors when I began working as a communications specialist on the former IBM PC Company division’s internal SAP software implementation. From that point, my online typing overtook my handwriting efforts.
Over time, many of my most treasured keepsakes are hand-written cards, poems and letters from family, friends and loved ones. I own journals and boxes to store the memorable words that carry so much meaning.
What about you? What have been your most significant personal writings? How have you maintained or honored those words? And, how often do you handwrite today?
Maybe you should write your answers to those questions down. According to the Newsweek article and author Begley, your brain may appreciate your doing so.