Thank you for stopping by. I can’t say for sure what made you visit but I hope this letter makes you stay. You see, I sit around a lot thinking about all of the people I’ve come across in my life. Those who are absolute blessings and have stuck around for as long as I can remember, strangers who I share a split second to side-step on the street, customers running their errands who I happen to serve, and so many more faces and folks I can ever even begin to fathom. I sit around a lot thinking about this and it blows my mind. I am such a tiny little form of existence in a world so rich with them. And it makes me realise, how blessed I am.
How lucky am I that I get to live in a world with so many interesting characters and actually get the chance to connect with some of them? There is never a dull day because we never live the same day as anyone else. Our days, our stories, our lives, are so individually unique to us but somehow, someway, they all happen alongside of each others’.
You see, dear Person, our lives are all connected. Our existence in this world is the one commonality we have with those who have lived, are living, and will ever live. This fascinates me to no end. My motto is:
My life is nothing without the people in it.
And so to the people in my life, whether brief encounters or lasting faces, I dedicate these letters.
I began this journey when I wrote my farewell letter to my grandma as she lay to rest. In my writing, I found her final lesson: the power of letters. Whether it’s a secret love letter, a demand for change to Congress, a time capsule to your future self, or the words you wish you had said before it was too late, the intimacy of letter writing is a rare one.
In 2016, a six-year-old boy’s a letter to President Barack Obama erased away any political white noise and reminded us of the natural compassion that comes with being human, before any negativity is learned.
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an open letter addressed to “Fellow Clergymen” on the side of a newspaper while held prisoner. He stood for what he believed in, for what was right, and for those who were and will be affected had nobody taken action. Unfortunately, racism still exists but King’s letter slowly but surely revealed to people the power of their voices and gave them the courage to use it.
And lastly, perhaps one that is rarely acknowledged as a letter, Anne Frank’s diary. Her story was told through her diary but what is a diary entry but a personal letter to your soul? Most of us begin it with “Dear Diary”, don’t we?
Letters are powerful. They have a way of bringing people and our sincere selves together. Beyond that, they have a way of reaching anyone who reads them. Share these letters, send them all around, it’s what they were written for.
We are all we have.
A Letter Per Person