I have tendonitis in both wrists. Unless I’m opening jars or turning doorknobs, this really doesn’t affect my everyday life too much.
Except when I tried typing on a typewriter.
I think every writer, at some point in their lifetimes, decides that they’ve got to own an old typewriter. Whether they plan to actually use it, or keep it as a focal piece or let their kids tap around on it, there’s a certain elegance and attractiveness to the old typewriters of the 1950s and 1960s.
When I tried to connect with my inner hipster and type out a line or two on a typewriter I saw in a shop window in downtown Manchester Center, Vermont, the pulsing pain behind my thumbs reminded me: Hi. You’re doomed to forever work on a computer keyboard because the cool writing tools bother your stupid wrists.
Lesson learned. I suppose I’ll never be as vintage cool as some of those other writers who use typewriters with as much regularity as they can afford between ink ribbons and Wite-Out.
Me? I’ll be sitting on my couch, on my 5-year-old, coffee-stained MacBook.
What’s your favorite writing tool? Are you Team Typewriter? How much cooler do you look using one of those? Share in the comments.