I love technology, really.
I love that people can communicate in a blink of an eye across the world, that we can share images, view each other on cameras with just one button, make calls and send small text messages. I love how intertwined we have become with our world wide web. But, these forms of communication feel robotic, even reading an e-mail from a loved one looks emotionless when read through a monitor. I believe sometimes we need to step back and revert to a more traditional way/form or communicating so that we don’t forget how much more important the person sending these e-mails or messages are to us.
I miss the days when handwritten letters were the norm, the days when I had a long distance pen pal, a traveling journal, thoughts and thank you’s sealed in paper envelopes. I urge you to do something pre-internet, exercise your brain, and learn that good things are worth waiting for. Need something to do? What better, simple way to make someone smile than send them a surprise in the mail? Even if you don’t want a pen pal, I’m sure any person you haven’t talked to in a while would love a letter in the mail checking up on them. This is my challenge. I dare you!
To add to my spiel on encouraging letter writing…
Why Everyone Should Have A Pen-Pal:
1. You get real mail
In the pre-Internet world it was SO cool to get a letter in the mail. I remember waiting for the postman and praying that he would have something for me.
2. Good things are worth waiting for
Being a pen-pal takes a lot of patience. Not only do you have to wait for your letter to get to your pal, but then you have to wait for them to send a letter back. It’s a great surprise when it finally does come and you get to rip open the envelope and read what’s inside!
It’s fun to spend a good 30 minutes trying to cram a whole weeks worth of information into a pretty card and slip that sucker in the mail.
I used to have a pen pal for around a year or so and it was a great exercise to write letters and actually put pen to paper instead of pixels to screen. I’d suggest that everyone find themselves a friend who lives in a different state (or even just a different city) and try it out. Comment on this and let me know how it goes! Or maybe just write me… 🙂