Hey everybody. Today is going to be a picture-less, world-filled story of how I came across pens, why I came across them so young, and why nothing is wrong with being different.
Actually, very surprisingly, this all started almost exactly a year ago, somewhere around May 5th. I was at my Grandma's funeral, and I was sitting with my cousin's boyfriend just casually talking to him. As the conversation started to dull down, he pulled a Papermate InkJoy 700 RT out of his pocket, and said "Look at this pen! It glides across the paper, and writes awesomely!" (That's not what he exactly said, but you get the picture. . .) Anyways, I swear for the rest of the time, I was writing, drawing, and doodling to my hearts content. It almost seemed as if there was a mutual bond between me and that pen.
At the end of the day, I handed him back the pen, and said thanks for letting me use it. But, he said no, and instead handed me the pen insisting I keep it. At this point, I was overjoyed. Literally.
That night, I came home and searched for pen reviews of this Papermate on Google out of pure curiosity. And good thing I did, because I came across a review on Gourmet Pens. I read the review, actually disappointed (no offense, Azizah!) that the pen didn't seem to be her absolute 100% favorite, because I thought it was perfect. Truthfully, all that was going through my head was. . .What wacko makes a blog about pens?! Again, I apologize Azizah, but, I promise I understand why now! But, out of curiosity I read some more posts and came across some website called "Jetpens".
So by now I'm like totally wierded out. Okay, so here is a blog about pens along with an online pen store stocked with thousands of pens. I'm thinking, God, How many pens does one person need?! Trust me, I sure know now. But, I liked a review on Gourmet Pens of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen For Calligraphy, so, with some money I had, I went ahead and bought it. Throughout that 3-day period, I could not wait for that one pen to arrive in the mail. Then it did, and it was the beginning of a long, hard journey. I was in love. Not just in love, every minute of my life was taken from me. I became a rebel, staying up late just to use my pen. My precious pen.
So everyday I read Azizah's posts, and I became a regular reader. I would have commented on something, but, truthfully, I didn't know how. Then, one day, I decided, You know what? I'm going to email Azizah and tell her how much I love pens. I did, and this is what my email said,
I am Kayte and I am 13 years old. Let me tell you, I am crazy for pens!
Especially Jetpens.com! I always go to your blog for advice, and I
absolutely love everything!!! So far, I have gotten, the Uni Ball Kuru Toga
Pencil, the Lhit Lab Pencil Case, and the Pentel Brush Pen. Also, I am
constantly ordering things from Jetpens! You are an inspiration to me! Thank
you so much. I hope you keep puting out a lot more reviews. I suggest a
review on the Stabilo point 88 fineliner pens. They have them on Jetpens! I
like them a lot! Thanks Again,
I know, I know. Crazy, and overly obsessive. But I was excited, okay? And then she replied and I was like asdfghjklqwrfxzcsksfrhewtosafnsrhejfnsdkthtewjkthsjkfhsjkrhskjfbkjdfbkjwthkjsdfeufdteoteusg ncmxvbnfbsdkjghsdkjfhaoeiutidfjzlknfjsfbjdkvjksdhjsakghjkdhjaksdhjksafvjxcbmfnbskjghdjkhf OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.
Yeah, I was excited.
So we kinda became friends, and I emailed her a couple more times, and ordered Jetpens a couple more times, and annoyed my parents a couple more times, and life was good.
So then I realized, here I am buying pens like nobody's business, but I have no purpose. WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?! It really bothered me that I didn't have a purpose.
So I decided to make a blog, and then I had a purpose. I could write reviews for people, and tell them what I like, and make suggestions like Azizah did for me. I also discovered a bazillion other pen blogs, and now I am reading those everyday as well. At first I had about five pageviews a day, and now I have about fifty to one hundred, just recently reaching 3,000 overall pageviews. I even have readers all the way from Indonesia.
So, back to my main point. I realize now that everyone has their thing. While previously thinking that pen collecting was a wacky habit, I am now "wacky" too. And I love it. Sure, you can play a sport, or write a book, or go shopping every weekend. That's your thing, and go for it. I tried out soccer, tried to be sporty and athletic. But, soon I realized, I am just a red-haired, skinny, five-foot two awkward girl, who loves writing and buying pens. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. So, yeah I'm thirteen. But what is the difference between thirteen and thirty? Nothing.
I have no idea where I'm going or what I'm doing, but I know one thing. I love pens. And I love writing reviews for all of you. It doesn't matter how old I am, I found something that is my thing, and I was afraid that would never happen.
So thank you all for being so awesome. And don't be afraid. I hope I gave you all some inspiration!
What's your pen story? What's your thing? Share it.
All opinions are mine, and I did not receive any money for this post.