Challenge 8 – Reclaim the Art of Letter Writing
Inspired by Kikki.K’s Go Offline journal, we’re going to help you rediscover the lost art of letter writing.
There’s something intrinsically personal and beautiful about letter writing. Reclaiming the art of letter writing takes time, it takes mindfulness, and it slows down our thoughts.
Without a delete button, it makes us carefully consider the words we put down onto the paper. It’s as though each time we put pen to paper we’re sharing a small part of ourselves, our feelings and our truths.
Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mum is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her in her handwriting. Steve Carell
The Internet has made communication quicker and easier, yet emails, text messages and social media posts lack a certain emotion and personal touch. We find ourselves capped by a word limit, not being able to fully express everything we want to say. Sometimes we feel restricted and don’t always convey the full message, or it comes across out of context.
So go embrace the lost art of letter writing by first finding yourself some beautiful stationery, or better yet, design your own if you have time. Grab a pen and find a quiet space to gather your thoughts and put pen to paper. It doesn’t have to be long, just enough words to express your thoughts.
If you’ve ever had a pen pal, you’ll remember how exciting it is to receive a handwritten letter in the mail, and the person you sent the letter to will appreciate the time and thought that went into this gift of yourself. And you never know, you might even get one in return!