Hello, I’m a 16-year-old girl from India, and I have wanted to talk about this for a long time. So, from a very young age (around 4-5), I developed this fear of inks from pens, markers, sketch pens, highlighters, etc. I used to avoid pens at that time, but as years passed, our school’s no-more-writing-with-a-pencil-kiddos phase started, and obviously, I was a kid, so I couldn’t have argued. I began using pens. Now I’m used to it, but I can’t even dare to touch the ink inside it. For example, if the pen leaks, I throw it out at the speed of light. If even a single mark of ink gets on my skin, I rush to wash it. I’ve seen students keep capless pens in their bags, but I just get chills after seeing that because I fear it might leak and get on my hands. And the smell of that pen ink, yikes! They smell absolutely disgusting to me. Remember those blurry marks on the side of your hands when you used to write continuously before letting the ink dry? Yes, those marks. I hate them so much that I have to scrub my hands every now and then because I’m a student, and this happens no matter how much I try to avoid it (and mind you, I have OCD and maquillaphobia too). I tried to talk about this to people, but all I got was “crazy,” so I don’t talk about this anymore. I can’t even dare to open the last page of anyone’s notebook because that’s the very place where everyone’s creativity, doodling, scribbling, and all come out. It literally makes me wanna tear the notebook apart. And yeah, I hate ink stamp pads because obviously, who’s gonna their thumb into that deadly deep blue forest of ink (the ink doesn’t even leave the skin easily, so I’ll basically die a hundred times looking at my hands, lol). And at last, my dear brother, he’s obsessed with scribbling and making tattoos on this whole damn body with a PEN. Wherever he sits, you’ll see a hundred capless pens and markers lying next to him, so the bedsheets also start getting ink spots. Every time I see them chills run down my spine, and I feel like shouting so loud that everyone’s ears bleed because, you know, NOBODY CARES. I have never in my life used highlighters in my books because I just hate them for no reason. I never made my school projects using sketch pens or markers because I can’t even hold them, unlike pens. Many a time, I tried searching for it, but I never got any relatable answer, nor did I see anyone talking about this, so I decided to write this, thinking that some may be out there who could give me company. Please comment and tell me if there’s anyone out there who has the same issue because I’ve never met anyone with this problem except me.
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