The Passionate Story Of The Typewriter

The Passionate Story Of The Typewriter

Passions can sometimes be surprising and odd, but they're worth it anyways.

Today, I completed an item from my bucket list. I typed a page of poetry on a working, original typewriter. It was all thanks to a good friend's great-aunt who used that typewriter when she was young as a secretary. He brought it out from a storage area in his basement, in a brown case. It was heavy, and I was dying of anticipation. When we opened it, it was one of the most beautiful and satisfying sights of my life. I imagine it felt the same as when your baby pops out with all four limbs.

It had a beautiful green base, black keys and a working ribbon, dark green knobs. It was absolutely ravishing. I was so excited just to see it, and when I started pushing the keys; I can't even begin to explain the happiness in my heart. The sound of a typewriter is possibly one of the most satisfying sounds I've ever heard in all of my life. While he went to search for paper, I was content to just clack away on the keys, seeing the hammers hit the black roll, listening to the sounds. I hit the space bar 100 times, and the cartridge made it to the end. Tentatively, I pushed the lever that would return it. The sound it made, the distinctive ding and swoosh, the satisfaction of hearing and seeing the motion; it was unreal. The feel of the keys was weird at first, so different from modern keyboards, like little levers to push down. I can imagine how tired someone’s fingers must have gotten after spending an entire day typing on a typewriter.

Look at him! So beautiful!

They’re truly amazing machines, and I explored the mechanics of it for a while, watching the hammers reach up, strike the ribbon, studying the mechanism that moved the cartridge along. It was just so damn cool. My fascination with typewriters started back when I was 9 years old in India. I went to my great-uncle’s house, who is a judge. In his old study room, I saw a beautiful brown typewriter. It wasn’t in a case and it hadn't been used in quite some time, so it wasn’t in the best condition.

But it still worked, and it was already loaded with paper, and to my eyes, it was the most extraordinary, unreal, and magnificent thing I’d ever laid my eyes on. We weren't supposed to be touching things, but I typed a few letters on it anyways. The ribbon had nearly dried up, so the letters were faint, but it was so satisfying to type on that typewriter. Since then, it’s been a dream of mine to own a working, classic typewriter. All of my fantasies of my future home office (and I’ve had a lot of them) invariably have a typewriter on the grand mahogany desk.

But more than anything, this experience in the basement of my friend’s house with his incredible typewriter was a lesson in passion. Some things make you feel so strongly, and there’s no explanation for it. You just love it. It fills you up with a kind of joy that other people might not be able to understand, but that is irrevocably there for you. For my friend, that passion was in his collection of Legos. He so vehemently and excitedly shared with us about all of his Lego collections, about how much time and money he’s put into them, about how special they are to him. His voice lit up, his face was animated. I couldn’t empathize with the Legos, but I could understand the way he felt. It's moving to see someone talk about their passion.

In life, these passions are things that you have to grab on to and hold tight, I’ve learned. No matter how illogical they may seem. If it brings you genuine joy, it’s important. If you maybe had a passion, that you had to give up on because life and its antics got in the way, remind yourself about them. Make time for them. Do what brings you joy, what makes you feel alive. Yes, I’m a geek and a nerd and weirdo for being so disproportionately fascinated by typewriters, but it makes me happy. You can’t care about what other people think; their opinions are temporary.

Find your passion and don’t let go of it.

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44 Lyrics For When You Need An Instagram Caption

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Choosing the caption for your Instagram can be almost as challenging as deciding on a filter. So, if you’re ready to post that Insta, but don’t know what to say, here are 44 lyrics for when you need an Instagram caption.

1. “Be young, be dope, be proud.” - Lana Del Rey, "American"

2. “I can’t really see another squad tryna cross us.” - Drake, "No Tellin’"

3. “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” - Taylor Swift, "Blank Space"

4. “I’m throwin' shade like it’s sunny.” - Nicki Minaj, "Want Some More"

5. “I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn't exist.” - Sia, "Chandelier"

6. “Find me where the wild things are.” - Alessia Cara, "Wild Things"

7. “If I was you, I'd wanna be me too.” - Meghan Trainor, "Me Too"

8. “Sweet like candy to my soul, sweet you rock and sweet you roll.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"

9. “I swear this life is like the sweetest thing I’ve ever known.” - Drake, "Over"

10. “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.” - Lee Ann Womack, "I Hope You Dance"

11. “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing’s changed at all? - Bastille, "Pompeii"

12. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” - John Lennon, "Imagine"

13. “You can’t choose what stays and what fades away.” - Florence + The Machine, "No Light, No Light"

14. “She acts like summer and walks like rain.” - Train, "Drops of Jupiter

15. “She’s a good girl, loves her mama. Loves Jesus, and America too.” - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Free Fallin’"

16. “Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones.” - Coldplay, "Fix You"

17. “Say you’ll remember me.” - Taylor Swift, "Wildest Dreams"

18. I’ve got thick skin and an elastic heart.” - Sia, "Elastic Heart"

19. “Give me the beat boys and free my soul.” - Uncle Kracker, "Drift Away"

20. “One of these days the clocks will stop, and time won’t mean a thing.” - Foo Fighters, "These Days"

21. “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” - Brad Paisley, Perfect Storm

22. “You are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need.” Zedd feat. The Foxes, "Clarity"

23. “Her mind is Tiffany twisted, she’s got the Mercedes bends.” - The Eagles, "Hotel California"

24. “Life imitates art.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

25. “Nobody said it was easy, no one said it would be this hard.” - Coldplay, "The Scientist"

26. “You’re gonna keep my soul, it was yours to have long ago.” - State Radio, "Keepsake"

27. “Celebrate we will ‘cause life is short but sweet for certain.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Two Step"

28. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” - Florence + The Machine, "Shake it Out"

29. “There are many things I’d like to say to you but I don’t know how.” - Oasis, "Wonderwall"

30. “You say you want a revolution, well you know we all wanna change the world.” - The Beatles, "Revolution"

31. “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.” Billy Currington, "People Are Crazy"

32. “Well my heart is gold, and my hands are cold.” - Halsey, "Gasoline"

33. “I don’t want to be heard, I want to be listened to.” - Twenty One Pilots, "Forest"

34. “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” - Mumford and Sons, "Awake My Soul"

35. “I think I need a sunrise, I’m tired of the sunset.” - Augustana, "Boston"

36. “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” - Brandi Carlile, "The Story"

37. ‘Ready or not, here I come. Where you at? The night is young.” - Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"

38. “In the land of Gods and Monsters, I was an angel.” - Lana Del Rey, "Gods And Monsters"

39. “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.” - Dave Matthews Band, "Best Of What’s Around"

40. “Know yourself, know your worth.” - Drake, "0 to 100"

41. “I’m little but I’m coming for the crown.” - Lorde, "Still Sane"

42. “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?” - Rihanna, "Needed Me"

43. “Hands in the air like we don’t care.” - Miley Cyrus, "We Can’t Stop"

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Fear Is Not The Lifestyle For You

Being scared is normal but letting fear bind you from not doing what God has called you to do is a different story.

What does it mean to be fearless?

Fear can be and scared has two different definitions and in my book mean two totally different things. Fear is a lifestyle, being scared is an emotion. Just like every other emotion, Sad, happy, stressed, annoyed, etc. When I think of Fear, I think of how the enemy can use fear to bind you.

The enemy uses fear to keep you from trying anything new, keeps you from going after the impossible and trusting that God will make a way even when it seems hopeless. Fear is the state of staying in the place of fear. Fear is chaining. Fear paralyzes you. Fear is a liar.

Now being scared, new flash, even the most fearless people get scared. They may not show it but on the inside, there is no doubt that they are having conflicting thoughts, they may question themselves or even God.

Think of David when he was fighting Goliath. I do not know about you but as I was standing in front of a giant with nothing but a sling and stones I would be just little bit scared. But you know what, David did not let being scared or having fear stop him from doing what God commanded him. You know why? Because It was not David's strength that cast down the giant in front of him.

It was God's strength through David. David knew that God has provided for him before.

"But David said to Saul, "Your servant has been keeping his father's sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear.; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.." 1 Samuel 17:34-36

What about Ester? Made queen by God's plan. She was destined to save the Jews from Haman's who wanted to kills the Jew's. She had to go in front of the King for save for her people but there was one little thing...

"All the King's officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the in the inner court without being summoned, the king has one law; he should be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter to him and spare his life." Ester 4:11

I do not know about you, but I would be quite scared walking up to the king with the chance that I could be struck down in death at any waking moment. But what did Ester say?

"Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish." Esther 4:16

That is fearless in my book. She obedient to God if when she faces death.

What about the disciplines, They knew that they would face persuasion as they went out and preached God's word. Did that stop them NO! Peter lead over 3,000 to the Lord Jesus Christ.

What do all these people have in common? Yes, I do not doubt they were all scared but they did not let fear bind them; they were fearless.

Sadie Roberston spoke a Mississippi State a few days ago and she was explaining her inspiration behind her new book Live Fearless. She said there were so many moments where fear bound her and held her back from so many of God's plans for her. But she learned that she had to be fearless. She had to trust God and rely on his strength and follow where God's was calling her.

Do not let fear keep you from doing what you know you can do and keep you from playing the game. God conquers all fear.

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