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Good question. Why do I love calligraphy? This is one of those questions that I thought would have an obvious and immediate answer, but I had to really sit down and think about this one. I thought about it all morning yesterday and couldn’t come up with anything deeper than “because it’s pretty.” I know, it’s a lame answer for someone who loves calligraphy. So I asked myself again, “Why do you love calligraphy, Nina?” and then I released it into the Universe and took the pressure off my mind to answer on the spot.
I went about my day not really giving the question anymore thought. As I was getting ready for bed, I asked myself the question one more time: “Why do you love calligraphy, Nina?” And as I closed my eyes to sleep, a voice answered, “Because I love who I become when I do it.” Holy cow. Really? Right now?! I’m trying to sleep here! “Well, you asked,” the voice said. Apparently, I think I’m funny. Sleepily, tapped the answer in my Notes app and, quite pleased about the depth of my answer, fell into a deep slumber.
I woke up at 5:30 this morning pumped up to answer this question once and for all.
Why do I love calligraphy?
I love calligraphy because of who I become and who I allow myself to be when I practice it. I become patient, determined, and disciplined as I learn to coordinate my mind, body, and soul (yes, there’s a spiritual element to it). I allow myself to be a student, a beginner, a newbie, when I study exemplars of the past masters and my contemporaries. I become a teacher when I share with others what I have learned. I allow my inner artist to play, get messy, and experiment. Calligraphy gives me a boost of self-confidence and permission to have fun. In a nutshell, calligraphy inspires me to become more of who I already am. That’s why I love it.