18 March 2017

Why you do snail mail?

One of my penpals asked me in one of her letter this question and it is actually something I have been thinking about before as well. Why am I doing all this? 

I guess that it has just become one part of me, something I just do and don´t want to imagine my life without it. Has something changed since I started writing letters? Yes, difinitely. I remember, how exciting it was at first and how I couldn´t wait until I finally receive another letter and I kept looking for new penpals. Now I´m more calm about this :D Don´t get me wrong, I still get excited about letters and I am really looking forward to hearing from my dear friends, but I´m not that impatient as I was at first. Probably because I have got more used to it and I guess it is like that with many things that at first seem so-so exciting, later you just get more used to it and it becomes more normal, a part of your everyday life.

I hope it does not sound like I would not enjoy penpalling as I did when I first started. No, actually I have discovered more parts of it. I have definitely become a bit more creative - I like decorating envelopes, papers, using different tapes and stickers, I have learned and thought of new ways of making mail more interesting/beautiful. Another difference is that my letters have become much longer. At least it seems like that to me - I don´t have my own letters I have sent to others, but I feel I have written more deeply and just more by lenght as well. I feel my letters were a bit perfunctory maybe...but I guess it´s normal for a "beginner" :D Only my penpals can comment on that, I can just say what I seem to remember and feel.

Snail mail is a great way to find amazing people all over the world to share your life - experiences, memories, jokes, pictures, interests, hopes, dreams, recipes, favourite books, tea and movies with. For me, it is a way to express my creativity and have quiet time for my own - writing letters - while still connecting with my penfriends. Real letters are personal and finding another one from a mailbox is really lovely :)

 In conclusion, in my opinion it is one of the coolest hobbies! Like, seriously :D It combines so many things: reading, writing, expressing yourself in so many ways, making new friends all over the world, getting to know new things and feeling so thankful for time and love people have put into letters.
I hope to be able to continue with this lovely hobby of mine for many-many upcoming years and also meet my penpals in real life :)

Now I am curious to know why you do snail mail?
With lots of love, Liisu 💜

1 comment:

  1. Your letters have become so much longer over the years, which is great! I suppose it happens to everyone as I still remember how short my letters were, when I started snail mailing at the age of 8/9. :D