Technology. One of our greatest accomplishments, yet one of our greatest societal downfalls. We live in an era in which everything is accessible to us, most of all, our family and friends. A text message is delivered within seconds of being sent, a phone call answered at equal speed, yet we have never been more disconnected from one another. We no longer have to wait for things, which has made our appreciation for most diminish greatly. In 1861, the Pony Express operated twice as fast as its competitors, delivering mail in as little as 10 days. Now, in 2021, Amazon Prime has guaranteed that we wait no more than two days for essentially any item on our want and needs list. The art of letter writing seems to be dying, but it’s not dead, at least not yet anyway.
April is National Card and Letter Writing Month and considering the current forecast is pandemic with a chance of lockdown for the foreseeable future, there’s never been a better time to put pen to paper. Here are some suggestions to help put a fun twist on this age old art. Buy a fun, new pen… or ten! (these are my current favorite), some washi tape and get creative… or let Pinterest be your guide! If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can even head over to Amazon or take a trip to your local craft store to purchase an envelope punch board and some paper you love and make your own envelopes! Anything that makes the process more fun for you will do!
Find a comfy spot to sit and try not to let the temptation of your mind wandering to thoughts of laundry, dishes, bills and the fact you forgot to pick up the dry cleaning last Saturday take over. Instead, think of the person you chose to write to and the smile that will instantly present itself on their face when they open the letter you so carefully crafted from start to finish.
Unsure of who to write to? Check out punkpost.com’s blog for 30 Reasons to Send a Letter. Does 30 sound daunting and more than your schedule can accommodate at the moment? No worries! Choose what works for you; quality is what counts here, not quantity. Have kiddos? Don’t forget to involve them, too! Depending on their age, it’s great writing practice and more fun when everyone is involved. My daughter loves putting stickers on freshly sealed envelopes!
The Write_On campaign challenges you to write 30 cards in 30 days for the month of April. I chose to set a more attainable goal for myself and produce one letter a week. I could not be more excited! My hope is that you are just as inspired to accept the challenge and crush whatever goal it is you set for yourself!