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I have loved writing for as long as I can remember. I can recall writing – or at least attempting to begin – a number of different stories as a child, and my parents often talk about how much I enjoyed learning as an infant. Though sadly I never finished any of those stories, I consider my blog itself to be a manifestation of my love for writing.
The lovely people over at Viking sent me a box of stationery to celebrate World Letter Writing Day, which is taking place very soon on September 1. The day aims to bring people together, and over the past month, I’ve been able to do just that by writing to my pen-pal from across the continent! Having not previously used most of the items I was sent, I was very excited to get creative and I think both my sister and my Instagram stories are testament of that. I’m not going to pretend I didn’t mess up because I did, multiple times, but I had such fun using the feather quill and letter stamps. And melting the wax to seal the envelope with a stamp?! That was the cherry on top.
I’ve grown up in an era where everything – especially communication – has become increasingly digitalised. In fact, I can’t remember the last time (until now) that I received a handwritten letter – and I don’t think anything comes quite close to the feeling of receiving one.
One of the many things I love about writing is the way in which it brings people together. Though I know there are many cynics out there, I do not think that the advent of technology means this has to end. On the contrary, technology has provided us all with a whole host of platforms where we can create, share and connect, allowing our voices to be heard all across the world. This blog is just one among many examples. Since having started this blog (exactly one year ago!) and more recently my YouTube channel, I have got to know incredible people from so many different places. Being able to express yourself so freely is truly empowering and is a tool that I think we often take for granted.
However, there is no denying that online communication can feel a bit impersonal at times. I genuinely believe that you can have the biggest following and still feel lonely. We all know that social media can sometimes do more harm than good. In fact I’ll be the first to admit that at I’ve found myself comparing myself to others on a number of occasions. I’m not suggesting you boycott technology – I’ve already highlighted that I am a big fan of it (as well as a prospective CS student!) What I do urge you to do, however is to pick up a pen this World Letter Writing day and write a letter to somebody. Not only will you make someone’s day, but it makes a nice change to texting and will leave you feeling so refreshed. If I still haven’t convinced you, have a read of Viking’s post which mentions some of the many things that make letter writing so great. I got very immersed into the whole process, thanks to Viking’ s beautiful box of goodies.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with writing. When was the last time you wrote a letter, and to whom? Do let me know in the comments – I’m intrigued to hear about whether anyone writes letters nowadays because I feel as if I’ve been missing out!