I bought a pen after a long time. Last time I had bought four pieces of a model with a few re-fills. It took a few months for me to use them all up. I am writing more than before – as in exams, posts for the blog, and random stories and stuff, etc. But I am also writing less and this has to do with studies. Yes, I do practice problems and all, and of course I have to write when doing so. But I’m always trying to do a few calculations and skip a few steps in my mind. I am also more successful these days at avoiding writing notes. I do understand that it’s important. But not everyone prefers the same way of studying. Some take notes during class, some later from a book or multiple sources, some just highlight important stuff in books, and some just don’t do any of it. I am one who does not take notes or highlights stuff in any way. I listen, I read, I practice, I think. That’s all. But most professors don’t understand it, saying, “Just write”. I’ll save my thoughts on that for later.
So I bought a pen after a while, and it felt great when I was testing some at the store. I remembered one of Sheth’s posts. It was a similar experience, just a bit different. When asked which pen I wanted, I said “anything under fifteen”. I was shown a pen, and I was expected to buy it. “No. Show me what you have under fifteen.” He sighed. It was late in the afternoon. He was probably tired and wanted to go home, have lunch and take some rest before resuming with his shop again. As he went back to get some, I said, “Just get the good ones you have.” He brought some and I picked three. “You want them?” “No I have used them. I want something else.” Then I tried a few and finally found one. I was trying to put back the little plastic cover that’s there to protect the tip back on the ones I didn’t buy. “Don’t bother with them. It’s fine.” I smiled, paid, and left the shop.
When returning, I thought to myself who else would buy a pen like that? It’s something more. It’s a similar case with clothes, phones, shoes, books, almost everything. When I cannot change it as and when I please, I try to implement change in a different manner. It was problematic when I had not realised properly what it is. I’m getting better at it now. I’ll save it for later, when I think I can properly convey what I want to.
So who else buys pens like that? I haven’t found many people like that. A different model just because you have used one, for a change. Do you do that?