The only place where people still use pen and paper apart from educational institutes are, some old government offices that do not have computers yet, or they might not have hired anyone who dusts it off and switch on the CPU. Everything has become so automated in life today; we do not need a pen at all. We have a rectangle magic box in our pocket that brings the world to us. Do a math – done, make a note – done, save a number – done, click a photo – done, read a book – done, write to someone – done, send a mail – done, play a song – done, watch a video – done, do shopping – done, you name it! In a world like this, I hardly see anyone write using pen and paper.
I think we are missing something here; honestly I like the feeling of holding a nice pen and scrawling it on a smooth, clean surface of a paper, tracing the pattern of the movement of your hand in a contrast color to the paper. It feels nice to actually see your words taking shape. Doesn’t it? I do not have a bad handwriting although everyone says so, I say – I just have my own calligraphy 😉 I don’t know why it appeals me, but I just like the feeling of writing . If you want to say something , anything, or if you are angry, happy, whatever you are feeling, just write it down if you do not have anyone to say or do not want to say! It makes you feel a lot lighter and happier. Try it!!
I like writing letters, I like the feeling of reading a letter someone’s sent to me. Don’t’ you? It is sort of obsolete nowadays, I know. You might think it’s a little melodramatic. But just imagine alright? It’s a beautiful bright holiday and you have just moved to a new place. Sitting in your room staring out of your window to the woods, you are thinking about someone special (could be a very best friend, a crush, your love, your parents , anyone who’s special and very near to your heart). You see a person dropping an envelope into your mailbox near your front gate. You walk down to fetch the envelope only to find that it is sent by that someone special (anyone who you thought above: P) . you have not spoken for a while now, Can you imagine the curiosity burning inside to know everything about what he letter has to share with you? You can’t wait till you get to your room. You start tearing it open the moment you hold it in your hands. Although you finish reading it, I bet you go over and over in your mind many times. You’ll Cherish that moment, words linger in your head for a long time. That was just an example. However, experiencing it is a total different thing.
If you ever find an old piece of writing from a different time, just take a minute to read it! It could be an old journal, a piece of paper that your grandfather has written, or your father or your mother might have written, could be her to-do list. When you encounter these after so many years, the feeling you get is something old, but something new. If you know what I mean,,, It’s almost like nostalgia.
The journal might not have anything different or anything special about it, but it for sure will take you thru the roads your father had ventured when he wrote that, makes you see things thru his eyes, witness everything what he’s witnessed. It’s a different feeling. Considering the generation gap and the fast growing world, with all the globalization going on you might not see the same streets he’s seen, same landmarks he’s mentioned. But going thru all these is a total new experience isn’t it? The dates written on the top corner or at the end of the page, makes you think a bit about how his life was then. What was it like to work for such less salary but still be content and happy? How was it to be without computers? how was it to remember any phone numbers without saving them on yours? How was it to spend a day without power, LED Televisions with hundred thousand channels, to travel around without an AC vehicle. Can you imagine that?
I say you should leave something behind to your future generation, like our elders have left to us a great treasure of knowledge, literature , etc. You will not be there to tell your tales to your great grandchildren, or maybe not even grandchildren (if I see the rate of illness and quality of food we’re eating). You can tell your tale to a piece of paper. It savours your story, tell that to anyone who reads it or You can just flip the pages and relive it . That’s the beauty of writing.
You do not have to be a poet or have a Ph.D.in literature to write your feelings. You just need to be yourself !!!