When I was younger, I accepted things how they were. Don’t get me wrong, I had a million questions, but I always felt like most things were out of my control. For example, I thought that my bad handwriting was something that I would just have to deal with my entire life. In school my teachers would always joke that I should be a doctor because of my handwriting. It was barely legible and I would sometimes need to translate it to others. I was always jealous of people who had beautiful uniform writing while I scribbled words on the paper.
This year I have practiced both my print and cursive writing. My writing has changed a lot, but there is still room for improvement. In realizing that I had control over my handwriting, I was able to better myself.
My middle school band instructor used to always say, “Practice makes better.” I’m pretty sure he was talking about us attending band lessons, but it applies to a lot of things. Nothing is ever perfect, but with practice, you can make big improvements. I practiced by writing in my journal. I practiced by creating faux-calligraphy illustrations. I wrote to-do and grocery lists in cursive. I took my time and focused on each letter individually. I watched YouTube videos and read blogs about having beautiful handwriting. Sure, my handwriting is still messy when I am in a hurry, but now I can write beautifully when I choose to.
Are there things in your life that you have always “just accepted”? Are those things truly set in stone or is it something that you could work on?
Practice makes better.