When I was a teenager, I had a friend who went to a secretarial school and one of the things she learnt was shorthand. It struck me as a great skill to have for note taking and, with an eye on university, for lecture notes, so I borrowed her text books.
In the end, Pitman wasn’t right for me so I gave up on shorthand for a few years, and it wasn’t until after university that, in a second-hand bookshop, I stumbled upon another kind of shorthand. I can’t say I’ve ever gotten proficient with it, but I keep going back to it because it really is a useful skill.
Right now I’m back to practicing my Teeline because my day job requires a lot of note taking. It’s made me wonder why I keep at it when I don’t seem to stick at it long enough to perfect the skill.
Having said that, it’s come in handy over the years and if I finally get to use it fully in this job then I think that probably makes all the years of on-again-off- again practice worthwhile.