One night I was perusing the web during my normal insomniac routine and discovered this website: The World Needs More Love Letters.
The title already caught my eye, but then the founder’s story literally took my breath away. It was as if I was reading a bio of mine from a former life, should I have moved to NYC. That could have been me.
I almost wish it were I because this idea is SO up my alley that I immediately spent the next few days searching for the perfect stationary to get involved. I even sent a somewhat fan-obsessed email at 1am that may or may not have been a little psycho. But hey, love is psycho, right? And I so love this idea.
Their motto is literally to make love famous. Y’all know I love love!
So what do they do? They bundle love letters for strangers who need them. That’s right – the good stuff: handwritten notes, old-fashioned love letters, and paper-to-pen beauty is what they offer the world.
Amazing, right? You read these inspirational stories and choose to write one of these lovely souls a letter. Don’t you just want to tell them how great they are?
And let’s get down to the real, nitty gritty of this… The world does need more love letters. What makes you happier… a tweet or an envelope in the mail that’s not a bill? I’ve kept every piece of mail I’ve received in the past few years. I keep them because I love what it means to send a handwritten note…
A handwritten note means someone took the time to really, truly talk to you outside of 140-characters. They practiced their handwriting and not their clever Facebook captions. A handwritten note takes time, and we all know that time is precious… so if someone gives you a handwritten note they must think you are precious, too. And you are! So shouldn’t you be reminded more often?
I think so.
Letters are personal. They are real and not for show. You can put words that mean something to someone on paper and it lives forever. It is honesty and integrity lined with hope for something more in life. It is back to the basics and in the best possible way. Thank you, Heather, for bringing old-fashioned love back into this digitally-fucked-up world.
Whip out your stationary, your pens, and uncover that heart on your sleeve. Let’s get to writing, y’all. We should all get to work towards making love famous.
Imagine the smile on your mom’s face if she got a letter, just because, instead of a text on Monday letting her know you’re still alive after the weekend.
Imagine the smile on your friend’s face that you haven’t seen in months and you do your best to keep in touch but sometimes life gets in the way. This letter will hang on their fridge as a reminder that you’re there no matter how far.
Imagine the smile on the stranger’s face when they pick up the envelope laying on the Starbucks table, Publix aisle, or bathroom stall, after living a life with problems you can’t imagine. But you can imagine it would make them happy. Wouldn’t it make you happy, too?
I want to bring love back into the world. Real love; not “if you love me then like my Instagram picture” kind of love. The more smiles we share, the more smiles they share, and in time we just live in a happier world.
Don’t you want to live in a happy world?
So let’s do it. C’mon! Tell someone that they are fan-freaking-tastic – because we all sure as hell are.
Let’s make love famous.