Is Letter Writing a Dead Art Form?

When was the last time you got a letter in the mail? Not a bill or a piece of junk mail, but an actual letter? Something handwritten, maybe on pretty stationary, that someone sat down and wrote with you in mind? For most of us that has was a long, long time ago. I have to ask…what happened to the fine art of letter writing?

In the digital age we are more inclined to shoot off a quick text, email or even a short voice message. We like to get to the point and move on. There are people who like to spend more time letting people know what’s going on in their lives, but nowadays you are more likely to find a yearly newsletter in your inbox than a piece of mail with a stamp on it.

I love getting letters in the mail (cards fall into that category too). The thrill of opening the mailbox and finding an envelope with my name handwritten on it among all the bills is a treat. It is even better than finding my monthly Ulta catalog, although I get really jazzed about that too. Why did letter writing stop being a thing?

Is it too time consuming? Is it the money one has to spend on stamps and paper? I am not sure, but it makes me sad. I am a romantic at heart, spiced with a little cynicism for sure, and when I think of letters, I think to days gone by when people would spend years writing back and forth. That was their friendship or maybe even a little love affair, all through paper and pen. Some of the best books I have read have been about someone’s letters. One of my favorites is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”.

I have recently seen a little bit of rebellion among the younger crowd. They are giving up their cable and streaming services and going back to an actual television antenna. Maybe it’s to save money, but maybe they are tired of all the noise that is thrown at them every time they open their phones. Are we starting to see a flip back to simpler times? If that is the case, maybe it’s time to bring letter writing back as well. All it would take would be for everyone to write just one letter to a friend to start a “revolution”.

Today is World Letter Writing Day and I have a challenge for you. Take the time this week to send a letter or a card to a friend. It doesn’t have to be long and drawn out, just a little message to let them know you are thinking of them. Sign it, seal it, put a stamp on it and drop it in the mail. Let’s make letter writing a thing again.

***Question for the comments…Do you like to get letters? Do you like to write them? When was the last time you got an actual letter in the mail?

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