As a young lad it was quite common for my teacher to write “focus on your handwriting” and other similar things on my assignments.
I was the worst though, it always felt like I couldn’t write the words fast enough! This resulted in some pretty sloppy handwriting.
However, in this one writing assignment, something magical happened. I don’t even remember the word, but I wrote the most perfect “o” I had ever seen.
That’s right, I was super stoked about a perfectly circular “o” that I had written down, perfectly on the line, perfectly sized. It was beautiful! After always being told that I could do better with my handwriting it felt like there was hope for me.
But being the video game loving kid I was I forgot about it as soon as I went home and played Zelda.
I still think back to it from time to time though, it’s that one time I was actually happy with my handwriting.
Fast forward a couple of years and these things called “computers” get introduced and suddenly handwriting doesn’t matter quite so much. I get into art, programming, anything I possibility could on the computer.
This may or may not have been partially motivated to avoid having to deal with my neanderthallic penmanship. On the computer I wasn’t crippled by this “handicap” I was told I had. It was common for me to have to redo assignments because of my handwriting.
When I started journaling years later, I fortunately learned that in your own journal penmanship really doesn’t matter. In fact, my penmanship has “improved” since I started journaling.
By “improved”, I mean from the outside it’s became marginally more readable.
But more importantly I grew to accept and even enjoy my unique penmanship.
Let’s think about this though, what a shame it is that we might avoid learning how to journal because we are afraid to look at our own writing!
When I first started journaling, it was a bold step for me. I felt I had to write so carefully to make sure it was perfect.
After some time though, I realised that even on days I was sloppy I was able to go back and read it. So instead I just focused putting down quality entries and responses to prompts.
While you could journal for better handwriting, it’s certainly not the best reason to journal. The goal of journaling should be to improve how you think, not how you write. Thinking precedes writing.
So be sloppy! No one is judging you but yourself ( don’t do that ) when you write in your journal. Let yourself write freely and be honest.
All that really matters is that you can read it.
Your handwriting is unique to you, and deserves expression! Own it, and over time it will come to support you.