It’s Okay To Not Do Calligraphy (A Lesson I Learned About Trends)

I sorted through the stack of papers that had accumulated in the corner of my room.
At the bottom of the pile, I found about 20 sheets of paper that I had filled in at a
workshop, trying to learn the basics of calligraphy.

Sighing, I put it on a shelf, telling myself I’d give calligraphy another go soon, but
knowing deep down that it wouldn’t be happening.

// When Calligraphy Started Being Everywhere //

I can’t remember when it started, but I do remember the first few pictures I saw of it
online. A beautifully lettered verse, a cute quote for the fridge, a note in a Bible.

As time went on, I saw it more and more and it started getting more and more
creative. Handlettering on wood, on book covers, on pumpkins. Anywhere and
everywhere, really.

And so, I tried it too, of course. My first tries were aided by YouTube tutorials and
blog posts.

// My Calligraphy Journey //

Following that, I joined a few workshops, where very helpful teachers showed me
some trips and tricks on how to master the trade. But except for the few things that
stuck, most of the rest just flew past me.

Between these sporadic “I want to learn calligraphy”-phases, my pens, and practice
papers always just wandered back into drawers or piles of papers in the corners of
my room.

Whenever I saw some calligraphy or hand-lettering, I was reminded of the skills and
motivation I lacked. And whenever I did stick to it for a longer time, I could tell barely
any improvement.

For some reason, I just couldn’t create Pinterest-worthy artwork. And it bothered me.
A lot. Why couldn’t it just look better? Why couldn’t calligraphy be “my thing”?

// My Response to Calligraphy Now //

For a few years, it continued like that. I was frustrated for not being able to do what
others could do. I felt bad for not being able to master this trend. But slowly, piece by
piece, letter by letter, God began to show me something through this strange
experience I had with calligraphy.

Now, when I get a card from a friend, which has a stunning Bible verse on it, in that
calligraphy I’ll probably never manage, I no longer find myself sad and discouraged.
Instead, I can rejoice in the fact that my friend can do it, and that I get to enjoy the
result.

And, it is a good reminder that I do not have to keep up with the trends and that I
don’t have to be able to do something in order to appreciate it. Sometimes watching
others can be more than enough beauty.

Every now and then, I still have a go at doing cool writing in my Journaling Bible, or
on a piece of a scrap of paper. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll feel like I’ve reached
the level of skill to write verses on cards with those calligraphy pens lying in my
closet.

But even if I don’t, I can know that it’s okay. Because I can accept that calligraphy is
a cool skill, even if it’s not one I have mastered.

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Author bio
Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a young writer who lives in Europe and is fluent in both
English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on
the organization of a camp for children – always with a mug of herbal tea at hand.
Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. Connect with her
through her email list here and receive a 5-day devotional on Psalm 23.

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