We are now so used to using the internet to keep in touch that young people have lost the art of handwriting. When was the last time you picked up a pen? Was it to write a check? If so, you better watch out as checks may soon become redundant!
Email, social media, video chat, and text messaging makes it nice and easy to keep in touch with friends and family living far away. It costs nothing to send an email or hold a video chat over Wi-Fi, but what you have probably noticed is that modern forms of communication lack the intimacy of a handwritten note or postcard.
It’s just not the same reading an email. Anyone can send an email, but it takes more effort to write a letter, stick a stamp on to the envelope, and drop it in the post box. Somehow, waiting for a letter to arrive is infinitely more rewarding for the recipient.
Postcards from the Edge
Postcards are no different. Pre-internet, sending a postcard was all part of the fun of going on vacation. You searched for the right postcard and took your time writing a suitable message to convey how much fun you were having. It wasn’t easy fitting everything onto that small patch of white card, but you did your best. Assuming your postcard arrived safely, the recipient had a lovely photo and a heartfelt message to stick on their refrigerator door. Often, postcards were kept for years as a reminder of a loved one and their amazing trip somewhere scenic.
Today, we don’t bother sending postcards because it’s far easier to post photos on Facebook or Instagram. We can provide a steady stream of edited images to show everyone what fun we are having, even if in reality it’s raining, we have argued with our significant other, and the kids are sulking.
Instead of writing an email, text message, Snapchat or Facebook message, try sending a postcard or writing a letter and using snail mail. You don’t even need to buy a cheap postcard. Use a free postcard maker and personalize the greeting with some of your favorite vacation photos or snaps of the kids. Add a message and a caption, print off the final result, and you are good to go.
Love Letters from the Heart
The art of letter writing is lost, but not forgotten. Think back to how your grandparents would have kept in touch during enforced separations. Buy some nice paper and using a pen, compose a letter. It will feel strange at first, but you will soon get the hang of it. Insert a photo or two, add a spritz of perfume, and drop a scented envelope in the post. It’s heartfelt and sincere, which is more than can be said for email.
Sometimes, social media and the internet are not the best way to keep in touch. Sure, they are convenient, but ‘convenience’ shouldn’t be the benchmark of modern communications. Instead, put more effort into keeping in touch and do things the old-fashioned way; at least some of the time.