The pencil mentality

Why do some ink pens write better than others? I have a cheap BIC pen that I have had for months and I write like a calligrapher with the thing. Every time I write something with it, I am amazed at the beauty of my writing.

On the other hand, I have a very beautiful and very expensive pen which was given to me as a gift. When I try to write with this pen my handwriting looks like a cross between a 5 year old and a serial killer. More often than not when I use this pen I sort of have ink on my hand. My handwriting looks like I wrote a ransom note and my hand looks like it was captured by the police and taken my fingerprints.

I cannot explain why my writing improves so much with the simple change of writing instrument. However, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could change other things just by changing what we use?

What if driving a 1975 Ford Granada made you the next Mario Andretti. Imagine that you could perfectly parallel park in 15 seconds. You could do a three-hour road trip in just under an hour and avoid all the potholes like a vegan avoids the beef.

Imagine, if you will, putting on an old coffee stained T-shirt and immediately looking like The Rock. The strength, flexibility, and speed of a large human specimen would be magical to experience with just the addition of a simple cotton garment.

Finally, imagine yourself hopping on a free cap you bought at the bait shop to find out that you now have Einstein’s mind. Quantum physics is as easy as tying your shoes, and it’s all thanks to your basement cap.

We should all strive to find the ink pen that makes us better. Of course, legend has it that at the height of the space race in the 1960s, scientists at NASA realized that pens couldn’t work in space. Therefore, they spent years and millions of taxpayer dollars to develop a pen capable of writing in zero gravity. However, the Soviet Union faced the same problem and solved it by simply handing pencils to their cosmonauts.

That says a lot. Maybe we should all adopt a more pencil-based mindset when it comes to life. Pencils have erasers for a reason. We can change our life and make it better if we choose to because mistakes happen but do not define us. However, just like a pencil, make sure your life has meaning or it will be dull and difficult.

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