With the invention of telegrams, fax machines, mobile phones and computers, our need for writing pen to paper has decreased drastically. Indeed, I’m sure there are some of you reading this blog post who maybe hasn’t put a pen to paper all day. For many things, these advances have been a huge help. No longer do we have to spend hours writing an essay painstakingly slow so our teachers or employers can read it. We don’t have to panic over our spelling, for technology does that for us.
Yes, there’s barely any need for writing by hand anymore, expect, there is. Writing by hand is something I do every day, and as much as I enjoy the functionality of typing up words online, nothing beats scrawling down my thoughts in a notebook. It helps clear my mind in a way staring at letters appearing on a screen never could. And the same goes for letter writing. I miss the days of postcards and letters written in unique ways from people you loved and lost. Perhaps I’m just sentimental, but a hand written card will always evoke feelings in me than an e-mail never can or will.
For this reason, I decided to write some friends back home letters. I would be combining my favourite three things. Writing, crafts and mail. I decided I wanted to make these envelopes unique. With Instagram and good tunes as my inspiration, I began cutting out pictures from magazines and flicking through my sticker book to find good combinations. It took me a little while, but the process was so worth it.
Sending them off was even more satisfying than I expected and I felt productive like I was an inch closer to the people I was mailing. My friend, Rachel, messaged me as soon as her letter arrived and her happiness made me so happy. (She recommended I decorate envelopes and sell them on Etsy; is that even allowed? I hope so, that sounds like the most wonderfully relaxing job in the world.)
While e-mails are lovely and efficient, nothing will ever compare to holding in your hands a letter someone has taken the time to write. Their cursive, the little decorations they add here and there to personalise it just for you. There will never be another letter in the world quite like it; a small-time travelling parcel that takes you back in time to the moment the sender wrote it.
In a fast-paced culture like today, why not slow down. Go grab a cup of tea or coffee, relax and write something to someone you care about.
I hope you all enjoyed this post. It’s a little different, but I’m experimenting with my blog right now and trying to find what’s important to me. Have a lovely weekend.