In 2009, I couldn't read my own longhand notes. I read a bit about handwriting, then adopted an italic script from Write Now! by Getty & Dubay. Much more legible, and if I put my mind and hand to it a little more than I do here, I get compliments! Best of all, I got a letter from Mrs. Getty where she includes some calligraphic scribbles.
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” Alan Cohen