You are so hard on yourself.
Take a moment.
Marvel at your life:
at the grief that softened you,
at the heartache that wisened you.
you still grow.
Be proud of this.
(Source: My yoga instructor closed class today with this quote. Then, I came home and found it online at Positivity Note, Pinterest)
Shortly after I started learning to write in Spencerian Script, Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000-hour rule” popped to mind. A brief search revealed the existence of some strong (and compelling) opposition to his “rule,” but, I will carry on, undaunted.
So, for fun and curiosity, I shall continue keeping track of the hours I spend practicing.
I was recently given a calligraphy set with a pen holder, a couple of nibs, ink, and paper, that’s inspired me to pull out the copybooks from my Spencerian Script instruction book set and the oblique pen holder I’ve had for quite some time. For the last week, or so, I’ve been spending time each day practicing in the 1st copybook (using pencil so I can erase and redo as much as I like), then bringing out my bottle of ink and playing with the pens.
It feels good to be making some, any progress with something I’ve wanted to do for many years.