Sometimes, I want to write, but I don’t know what to write about. More often, though, I don’t know whether or not to write about something here, to write about it somewhere else, or to keep it for myself. There are so many ways and places to write and it’s hard to determine whether or not to share it. Some topics, like Christmas and gardening, are easy to share with other people. Other topics are more personal.
I write in so many forms. Like my collection of letters and cards, I have a collection of journals. Each journal tends to be a different topic. It’s taken me years to realize that’s my favorite way to categorize my thoughts. In additional to my journals, I write here and a few other places. Each place has its own personality and style of writing. This tends to be the place where I ramble the most. But, it’s also a place where I don’t mind others reading what I’ve written since it’s meant to be anonymous. I understand that it’s the internet, so anything that is truly and deeply personal is written on the pages of a journal that stays safe with me.
Today, I organized a list of potential writing topics. Some were amusing, some were thoughtful, and some were discarded since they didn’t appeal to me. As I write my way through the list, I’ll decide whether to post them here or somewhere else. My favorites I might keep to myself.
Does anyone write letters anymore?
I love writing letters and indulge in it completely. I buy beautiful stationery and envelopes. I recently bought an inexpensive fountain pen that I’ve been using specifically to write letters. I also love stamps and buy lots of them with different and interesting designs. My husband says that I’m trying to keep the post office in business all by myself.
When checking the mail, it seems that there are two types: junk mail and bills. The idea that a friend of mine or family member might check the mail and see a letter from me hiding in the chaos makes me smile. It’s one of the reasons that I put so much thought into the envelope, stamp, and return address label in addition to the letter inside.
This becomes really obvious around this time of year. I send Christmas cards to my family and friends and separate invitations to the party I host on Christmas Eve. I often look for envelopes that are brightly colored or decorated in some way so that they’re really noticeable in a pile of white and beige junk mail and bills. I also buy Christmas themed stamps and Christmas or winter return address labels. When in doubt or if the envelope is white, I’ll cover it in Christmas stickers.
For the past month or so, my best friend and I have been writing letters to each other. She had the idea to make the letters each have a theme, which I thought was wonderful. We talk and text regularly, so the themed letters are always relevant no matter when they arrive. We bought our stationery together on a whim one day after work. We had impulsively bought matching fountain pens the day before.
Now, I love taking the time to sit and write a letter to her. It takes my mind away from everything else in life since I have to focus on writing complete sentences that make sense. I think I might even enjoy it more than preparing the Christmas Eve invitations and the Christmas cards. There’s something so personal about writing an entire letter to someone. I’m already partial to sending mail and even I was surprised by how much I enjoy it. So, I wish more people would write letters. I think it would make both the writer and the recipient smile.