Quotes from Carl Jung tend to ring true with me, and although this one has likely been modified through time, it struck a special cord. It was playing through my head when I went to a tap dance recital for my friend, Erin, who has been taking an adult class for over a year. She just wanted to tap dance. So she signed up. It's as simple as that, right? Let's be honest; she's cooler and braver than me. I tend to mostly talk about all of the things that I want to do. I'm much more likely to wait until an opportunity comes to me or someone else signs up first. I want to be bolder, and I want to cultivate joy instead of waiting around for it.
Several weeks ago, I was going through my usual list of blogs, clicking through links that interested me, when I ended on an Etsy store called inkandbelle by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. I had seen other calligraphy kits in the past, but this one seemed more complete and thoughtful. The handmade ink well with my name on it sealed the deal.
So why calligraphy? It's definitely not a bold move, but it does take me back to my childhood in the same way that books, bikes, sunshine, and the smell of chlorine do (for Eric, it's skateboarding, fishing, and setting off fireworks). I would sit for hours practicing my cursive alphabet. I would trace my mother's and grandmother's handwriting and copy each of their styles. I'm not sure if it was the perfectionist in me or just the enjoyment of the feeling of pen on paper that drove me to do it. Either way, I still love to write and make.
The quote at the top is the beginning of my practice (I'm taking some liberties with form), and Eric documented the kit's arrival. How perfect is the packaging and presentation? You can see more of Maybelle's amazing work on her website.
What made the hours fly when you were a child? Is it something you could pursue now? We'd love to hear about it.