For most people around the world, 2020 has been a pretty rough year. Regardless of which state or country you live in, whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, gainfully employed or unemployed, you’re probably ready for this year to be over. I also think that most of us can agree that having bright spots to enjoy throughout the year means a little more now than it used to. One bright spot for us fountain pen users is Fountain Pen Day, which always occurs on the first Friday in November.
In Fountain Pen Days past, I have held giveaways and created special posts for Instagram, but this year just feels different. Lately I haven’t been as active on Instagram as I used to be and a giveaway just didn’t feel right. Instead, while I have your attention, I want to urge you to enjoy the fountain pens, inks and papers that you have right now. If you want to make a special purchase to celebrate, by all means, please do it and support a small business, but don’t feel like you have to buy a new pen just to celebrate.
We all got into using fountain pens for different reasons, but I’m sure that most of us enjoy the experience of using them, whether for writing or for doodling. The experience of putting a line of wet ink onto quality paper is one that is hard to beat. I want to challenge you to take some time today or this weekend, sit down with your pens and just enjoy the experience of using them. Don’t worry about posting anything online. Don’t worry about the latest pens or inks that are being released. Don’t worry about how much your pens cost. Just sit down and enjoy what you have.
Across the world, the next few months are going to be tough for most of us. We’ll be spending more time indoors and less time with friends and family. So look for those bright spots and cherish them. Spending some time during the day with your fountain pens is truly a bright spot that you can always enjoy. While there are plenty of pens out there you can put on your wish list, there are also pens that you have right now that you can use. So use them! Fill a few up with your favorite inks, grab some good paper and write.