5 Benefits Of Using Fountain Pens

5 Benefits Of Using Fountain Pens

I'm not talking about feather quills from the 18th century (but those are cool too).

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I've been using fountain pens since I was in middle school, and I can't imagine my life without them. It's a shame they're not very common in today's society, but here's hoping that'll change!

1) They won't skip like that ol' ballpoint pen of yours, and they're super smooth.

One of the main reasons I use fountain pens is because they're so flippin' smooth. It's like writing with butter minus the, you know, butter. It's great! Unlike a lot of other pens, a good, reliable fountain pen won't skip, so you can say goodbye to those frustrating pens that produce tire tracks rather than lines, and say hello to smooth, skip-free writing.

2) Despite popular belief, they can be pretty affordable.

Ok, to be honest, you're probably not gonna find a quality and reliable fountain pen for a mere couple of bucks, unless you're looking for something disposable; in that case, check out the Platinum Preppy or the Pilot Varsity. Both are great options for anyone looking for lightweight and smooth writers, without the hassle of bottle filling or buying new cartridges. Just buy a new one when the other one runs out, simple. This option, however, does break the bank over time, and you're really not getting the biggest bang for your buck or the full fountain pen experience. Buying a quality bottle of ink, such as Noodler's Bulletproof Black which I love and praise, may cost you a little over ten bucks, but it is well worth the money and will last you a heck of a long time. Not to mention it is much cheaper than buying cartridges that, depending on your writing demands, may only last you a couple of days. My recommended fountain pens for beginners, students, or anyone really, is the Lamy Safari, Pilot 78G, Pilot Metropolitan, TWSBI Eco, and the Platinum Preppy that I mentioned earlier, which can be disposed of or refilled according to preference. All these pens can be purchased for around 30 dollars or much less off of places like Amazon.com.

(Picture of some glorious Lamy Safaris)

3) The possibilities are endless, so make it yours.

Fountain pens are super customizable. You can choose between extra fine, fine, medium, bold, italic, and stub nibs. There are fountain pens for executive to everyday use, and everything in between for you artists, writers, and visionaries out there. There's a multitude of nib sizes, colors, designs, styles, and brands to choose from, and there's different filling mechanisms to choose from too! You can get inks in every color in the book, and saying that these colors are not limited to the colors of the rainbow is quite the understatement.

(If you found yourself wondering what the heck a nib is, it's the pointy metal bit at the top of the pen.)

4) It's a conversation piece, and the conversation is worth having.

These things are unique, and, quite frankly, out of fashion. A lot of people have never heard of fountain pens before, or assume they just aren't in production anymore. So believe me, if you sport one of these things around it won't go unnoticed; people will want to know where you got it from, and probably ask you if they could try it. You might even recruit another fountain pen aficionado. Hooray!

5) They're just beautiful.

My grandfather, who passed away earlier this year, gave me my first set of fountain pens when I was a little girl. He's the reason I developed such a keen interest in them throughout the years. Writing with fountain pens keeps him close to me, to my heart, always. It's because of him that I appreciate the artistic and intrinsic beauty of these pens as I so graciously and faithfully do. Thanks for that, Appa. I love you.

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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Photoshop, Filters And #WokeUpLikeThis Proves That Instagram’s Platform Advocates Deception Without Even Meaning To

Is your life on instagram depicted the same way it is in reality?

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Do you ever scroll through your Instagram and get aggravated by how amazing the pictures are? Or get aggravated by how perfect the people are….. Or how joyful the people seem to be in the pictures displayed? All these questions build up and make you wonder why your life isn't as cheerful as those figures seen on social media. Well, every time I view Instagram on my devices, all I see are perfect images and perfect moments captured. I often wonder why MY life isn't as impeccable and why I'm am not having as terrific of a time as the pictures seem to portray.

Thoughts bubble up in me, and I find myself asking: is this how everyone really feels, or is it just me?

I've come to the conclusion that people who post cheerful and seemingly admirable pictures on social media are the ones who are deceiving themselves and fooling me along with. If the moment was so tremendous, why was there a phone out? If the moment was so wonderful, why did they choose to take a picture of it instead of immersing themselves at the moment? Was it certainly a perfect time? No. Then it genuinely wasn't the time of your life.

The picture seeks to depict the time as perfect, but that wasn't what actually occurred. In reality, the people would have been crying or just sitting around the whole time, but in that exact split second of the picture, they were able to display a flawless image that people who scroll through Instagram desire to experience with their friends.

After experiencing moments that people capture on a mobile device at parties and casual hangouts, I have come to a realization that not only do people deceive others by faking happiness on social media, but they also deceive others into thinking their life is outstanding. In that picture perfect moment, it wasn't as joyful and valuable as it seemed to be.

The only thing they did was take pictures to depict a favorable time, but was it REALLY a breathtaking occasion or did you just take pictures to make it seem as if you did? The picture was taken to allow others to view it as the best time ever and have others believe you had fun. You would definitely say it was fun, but in reality, all you did was take pictures to make it seem fun.

It is insane to think about the countless times a person goes through their feed feeling upset about their life by simply viewing someone's picture and assuming they are having "the time of their life." They don't even think about how the amazing picture is, but the moment wasn't.

This must come to an end. Though some people would argue and say they want to share aesthetic and pretty pictures on their social media, Instagram isn't for this. The purpose for Instagram is to post pictures with friends and family along with funny memes to keep Instagram lively, though Instagram isn't being used in this context. People need to essentially begin living in the moment instead of worrying about getting an Instagram picture. It isn't worth the hassle.

If you aren't truly having fun in life then what do you have to show off? Why not genuinely enjoy the moment, and worry about capturing a picture or two later? It is crazy to think about how people only care about how others view them. They don't care about how they view themselves or whether they are fulfilling their happiness. This society is definitely based on a sense of belonging, of being accepted into the community.

At the same time, people viewing these images begin to lose self-esteem because of the flawless group of friends they see on their Instagram feed. The thought of making yourself happy and enjoying the moment is diminishing as people begin to deceive their happiness. So, let me ask again: is the fun shown on Instagram reality, or is it just a deceptive fantasy?

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