I love the intimacy of writing something by hand, penning your thoughts or feelings or ideas and releasing them for someone else to read. At times, that someone may even be a total stranger. I love the distances that letters cross, traversing cities, nations, distant roads, even oceans in a matter of days.
Email and instant messaging may have changed the nature of the way we write to each other, but we still write.
And to my mind, one of the most beautiful iterations of letter-writing in recent years has been the growth of the Post Secret community.
Post Secret is simple. People anonymously mail a secret on the back (or front) of a handmade postcard. For the writer, they get their secret off their chest. For the rest of the community, they learn that they are not alone. Time and again, Post Secret teaches us that my secret is, after all, yours as well.
Some of the letters and the stories within stories in Airmail are my own secrets, packaged up in fiction. Some of the secrets belong to my friends. Still others are made up. Most likely, you will never know which is which (although now I’ve got you guessing).
Mr B has been travelling a lot for work lately, and I really miss him when he’s away. So here is a video of Valentine’s Day themed Post Secrets, for your reading and viewing pleasure.