Snail Mail & Pen Pals : The Lovely But Forgotten Art Of Writing Letters

As we type away our feelings in emails and messages, I can’t help but wonder how much are we loosing out by not writing letters. It might be strange to write letters in this century but if we ponder upon – just once – about how beautiful it was to write letters and wait for those letters to arrive and clearly write down all our feelings at once.

Letter-writing is an extinct art today. How easy it was to know the person’s mood by their handwriting and to tell a lot of about the person through their choice of stationery and the speed of their writing. Most handwriting analysts could decipher a lot about the personality of the person simply from a page of a letter.

Do you remember those movies where the actor or actress, read out a letter from someone and that someone’s face would come up on the page of the letter? Reading letters is very much like that. It is personal, intimate and romantic. There is no fear of someone hacking into your account and getting access to all your person stuff. Also, there is this fabulous feeling of holding the same paper that the person writing to you, once held.

I think, letter writing also taught us to be patient. They taught us to wait for the good things to happen – to anticipate. We were less impulsive in expressing our emotions on paper than we are in texting them today. It was nice to have someone take out 30 minutes of their time just to write a letter to you. Letters are direct, e-mails are not, can never be.

While it had it’s disadvantages when it come to communications of emergencies – I can only see it’s advantages otherwise.

Imagine a woman in love, holding her lover’s letter to her heart and thinking about him, in the previous century. Now, in this century, imagine a woman doing the same with her cellphone! Yeah, you get it.

How amazing was it to have a pen pal with whom you could share your feelings completely without having to worry about them judging you? There are websites that help you revive that tradition even today. Google it!

When was the last time you wrote or received a letter?

Try it once again. Letters have the ability to transform who you are!

Don’t forget to share your experience here.

Heer Khant
Heer Khant

Traveller | Writer | Photographer | Maverick | Social Worker | Lawyer | A freedom-loving woman for whom words are like wings to her soul. She believes in aliens, hates boundaries and lives like the first human on Earth.

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