Fun fact: I keep postcard stamps with me at all times.
Well, they don’t come with me when I’m brushing my teeth or anything, but when I’m out and about in the world, they are always with me.
The way I see it, there aren’t many things left in the world that cost 34 cents and have the potential to bring that much levity to someone’s day. Are there other things? None are coming to mind at the moment.
Also, I know how much I love getting a postcard in the mail. It’s feels wonderful to be thought of when someone is far away, and on top of that, isn’t it sort of miraculous that a flimsy piece of cardboard can make it across the planet, through the elements and manage to still look amazing on your fridge? As if that’s not enough, there’s something special about reading a message in the handwriting of a friend. We all have our own fonts, and there just aren’t as many occasions to use them anymore when everything we write is in Gill Sans and Times New Roman.
All I’m saying is, I just like to be ready when I come across the perfect postcard that will give a friend a reason to remember there is more to life than bills. Because the mail keeps on coming, and it’s usually not the good stuff, you know? For me, when I come across such a postcard, I have to write a message when the inspiration strikes, or else, all is lost with my good intentions and I never send it.
So that’s why the stamps come with me.
Currently, the 2015 Coastal Bird Portrait Edition set.
The Art of the Postcard
Sending postcards when I’m on a trip is something I look forward to, as well. It’s always built into my plan for rest and relaxation. We’re not really souvenir people, but postcard hunting gives me an excuse to wander through the gift shop and an affordable mission to accomplish too. For an introvert like me, it also gives me something quiet to break away and work on, and reflect on my trip while I’m at it. As it turns out, I usually end up best remembering the tidbits I write home about.
And that’s the thing about postcards — they’re meant to convey tidbits — or in many cases one singular tidbit. Postcards are not letters, and that’s the most important thing to remember. Whittle down your interaction with the quirky doorman at your hotel into a one sentence character sketch, or give a quick recap of your day’s menu or a line drawing of all the flavors of macarons you tried on your trip, just a quick snapshot can communicate so much! Not so hard right? Just pick the one or two things that are most interesting to you and three sentences later you have written yourself a postcard.
And you don’t need to be away from home to drop a quick note in the mail either!
So, to make all of our lives a little more spritely this week. I’m sending out a challenge today to step outside your routine and send some non-bill related mail! Make up an address cheatsheet for your wallet, buy some postcard stamps, give yourself an excuse to find the prettiest or bizarrest postcard at a drugstore near you and send it on its way!
It’s the little things.
More on the matter…