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 In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday, we've asked our contributors to share what makes them feel lucky. Emma DiLallo shares her version of #myluckycharms today...

“Make your own luck” is one of those phrases I used to hear but never quite understood. I knew it was about seizing opportunities and taking risks, but the quote always seemed pretty unrealistic. I’d think to myself, “There’s no way that everyone can make luck.” Now I realize that it doesn’t have to be such large-scale goals and achievements; rather, it boils down to the little things.

My Lucky Pen

In light of St. Patrick’s Day, I’m calling out my favorite little thing of all—the basis for my luck—and that is my trusty ballpoint Pilot pen. 

I first discovered this black-ink pen about 10 years ago at my parent’s home, and it’s remained practically glued to my hand ever since. This pen began with me in college, as I jotted down notes in lecture classes and crossed out sentences on essay exams. Post-graduation, it came with me to my first job, where it helped fill out my first official W-2 form in the real world. It brought big ideas to meetings, and small ideas to my personal journals. As a writer, I made my luck through words and sentences being strung together on paper—with my pen.

Its gel tip glides smoothly, making it a breeze to write quickly, and the ink flow gives my handwriting an extra touch of stylishness. I resurrected my cursive skills with this pen, which I thought I had lost long ago in middle school. This pen is reminiscent of a time before iPhones, emails, and virtual notepads. In a world where it feels like no one writes anything down on paper anymore, this tool gives me a sense of nostalgia. 

Analog Versus Digital

Of course, it would be hard to work without a laptop and a Wifi connection, but the pen always comes first. I grab it when an idea sparks. It started to feel like a staple piece of jewelry or purse, always in reach and traveling wherever I went. 

After fiddling with this pen for years in long college classes, I learned how to spin it around my thumb in a propeller-like rotation. Onlookers always seem slightly impressed.

In recent years, spending eight hours a day glued to a computer screen and keyboard has made my pen take a backseat at times. It sits close by on my desk next to a small notepad, where I’ll scribble down daily tasks and to-do lists. My hands have adjusted more to a keyboard than the pen, but I still don’t part with my lucky sidekick. Sure, I didn’t ace every test with it, nor did I ever find any money on the sidewalk while carrying it, but it is comforting and reliable—and that, to me, makes it #myluckycharm. 

Emma DiLallo is a copywriter living in Chicago (but reps her NYC roots). She is always down for catching live music and eating sushi 7 days a week. 


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