When I was very much younger, I loved writing and sending people letters. I would write frequently to my dad while he was away at work. My friends at school would receive a note or two from me every week. When I got separated from one of my very best friends when we reached highschool, I kept in touch with her by sending weekly letters and packages through her younger brother’s school service. I would spend my allowance on fancy pens, notepads, and letter notes to make my letters extra special.
But when the digital age took over, e-mails and text messages replaced letters. Slowly, I stopped sending and getting handwritten letters. It was more convenient (and trendy) to send a text message for a quick “Hello!”, or a lengthy e-mail if I felt like discussing something in detail. Then, blogging came into the picture; before I knew it, I already had one, and my friends (or stalkers LOL) would simply read it to get “updated.” Keeping in touch with them was no longer as “personal” as I actually wanted it to be.
So now, I wonder, where is the joy in writing, receiving, and reading letters? Is it still possible to communicate with someone through e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages, and achieve the same level of intimacy as handwritten letters? Before, writing someone would demand effort (and sometimes courage) on your part. Does it still apply when you text or e-mail someone today? Can we still discern the level of sincerity and closeness with every word “written” at this day and age?
To satisfy my curiosity, I thought of sending people some notes again, in whatever form I can, whenever I can. I intend to make them personal and private, but with the recepient’s consent, I will post the letters here, especially if I find them enlightening or interesting.
Let’s see how it goes!