Postcards to a stranger

People say that nobody writes postcards anymore. In the modern age of instant messaging, emailing, texting and FaceTime people see little need to buy a picturesque card from a foreign corner shop whilst on holiday either writing it on the very first day after landing when there is very little to say so that it will get home in time or excepting the inevitability that they will get home before it does, and so despite sitting on a loved one’s fridge for a week or so it would really not have been worth the $1 that it cost to purchase.

However, it would appear that some people do continue to bother with the tedium of sending postcards rather than using there new gadgets to send a message, in fact this collection of people whose number is unknown have sent over 500,000 postcards to the same address in the past five years. But this postcards do not include the usual “wish you were here” and chatter about the weather in Spain. Instead each individual postcard carries a secret confession, one that the sender has not conveyed to any single person before writing this postcard and sending it to this address, to a man who is a complete stranger to them:

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This stranger is Frank Warren. In 2005 he founded the PostSecret Project in which completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. Warren suggests that the process of creating and sending a postcard is empowering both to the author and to those who read it. He claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger’s secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance

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FInally one of the most controversial "secrets" ever to have been sent to PostSecret.

FInally one of the most controversial “secrets” ever to have been sent to PostSecret.

To visit the PostSecret website click here. The website is regularly updated with new postcards.

I would be interested to know what your thoughts are on the PostSecret project? Why do people seem to find it easier to send their confessions to a stranger rather than speak to the people around them?

Harriette xxx

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