It is inexplicable really, but somehow with a pen in hand the world is clearer. These moments spent scratching out my thoughts and feelings on paper are filled with calm—my emotions and ideas feel more pure and my sentiments more permanent.
In a world consumed by instantaneous technology—instant messaging, Instagram, texting, emailing, Facebook, and so on—it is evident that our words can be sent off too quickly without thought or true sincerity. Not to mention, the words read by the recipient are often looked over with haste as they are read via an iPhone during a morning commute on the bus. (I admit wholeheartedly that I am certainly guilty of this sin!) Our words are read without full appreciation and are quickly lost or deposited into an iconic trash bin on an email account.
This is why letter writing (though seemingly archaic) is so special. Letters require thought perhaps even a few drafts with frantically crossed out phrases that act only as evidence of our dedication to try to capture our exact thoughts. The process of writing a letter, sealing the envelope, pressing the right-hand corner firmly with a stamp, hearing the rusty hinge of the postal box, and letting the letter go followed by the slam of the metal door is an effort—an effort often more rewarding for both sender and recipient. For the love of letters—that is what this blog is all about.
A certain joy is captured in both sending and receiving mail. This space is where the forever-connected world of technology collides with the historically romantic art of letter writing. I hope it might inspire you to pick up a pen and send a letter!