Last night I wrote a letter to a girl named Kelsey who I will never meet.
I know how that sounds, but let me explain. A few weeks back, I stumbled upon Hannah Brencher‘s incredible site, The World Needs More Love Letters, and was inspired by both her love for letter writing and her mission to make strangers’ days a little brighter. (See how she got started with this awesome TED Talk).
So when I found out about More Love Letters’ 12 Days of Love Letters project, I immediately signed up. The premise is pretty simple:
And for the short time it takes you to write a letter, you’re helping drastically improve a complete stranger’s day. “Dear Kelsey,” I wrote. “You don’t know me, but my name is Megan and I’m writing to you from Des Moines, Iowa”
It’s oddly liberating to write a letter to someone you don’t—and will likely never—know, and shockingly easy to honestly and candidly write to a person you’ve never met. The process felt almost cathartic in a way, putting all of those things no one says or hears or believes often enough down on paper.
“You don’t know me,” I wrote, “But I think you are an incredible, talented and uniquely amazing person worthy of all the joy and love and light this life can offer. Remember that, ok?”
It’s not too late to participate in 12 Days of Love Letters either. If you’re interested, you can sign up for daily email prompts & addresses here.