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The internet has changed so many things, hasn’t it?
Letter writing, for instance. Granted lots of people are still fans of ye olde worlde snail mail, but it’s considered to be a charming, nostalgic endeavour, rather than just a thing we do.
It’s often embraced as part of a like-minded-group project, rather than just a random, default, stock standard way to communicate.
It used to be a thing we just did, you know? Not even a cool or indie thing…
I was also thinking that when I was growing up, stationery had a different focus.
There was less focus on personal journals and notebooks (to record our thoughts and to-dos just for ourselves) and a whole array of varied letter-writing sets (so that we could chat and connect to other people in our lives.)
Now, these letter writing kits are few and far between.
If we want to tell someone our news or just anything at all, we mostly communicate via texts and electronic methods.
I think we might have optimised communicating with others, honing electronic systems for speed and efficiency (goodbye letter writing kits), and at the very same time done the opposite for ourselves, delving deeper into self-discovery and pondering our own lives (hello one zillion journals and sketchbooks about us)?
Of course, most delving into ourselves is a good thing in terms of self-awareness and self-care. I ‘m all for that. Deeper delves for ourselves = yes!
What I am wondering, though, is if in the quest to efficiently optimise our communication with others – and have more time for us/work – whether we’ve lost a little something?
Perhaps we’re leaving so much unsaid or unwritten – in the name of time management – that it’s threatening the depth and intimacy of our relationships with our special people/former penpals?
It’s an interesting thing to ponder, right? I have a feeling that it’s a bigger problem than we might realise…
That said, we’re talking about How Good Is? today. And my chosen topic is Vintage Stationery! And how blinking good is it? So good, as you can see!
I found all these cute examples on Etsy and I think everyone should snap some up and write a plodding letter to someone special, just for the heck of it!
What do you think about all this?!