What is the connection between a postcard, calls at midnight and a simple way to make you extremely happy? These and other random answers will be provided today! Also, welcome to my 50 post of my blog project… Thanks for reading it ^^
Something I really got into during these last 3 years (OMG 3 years, I have been living in China for 3 years!!!) is that I got used to always have a friend available to talk at any given time of the day. Sadly during those 3 years most of my friends have not been able to get used to the fact that when they need to talk I may not answer calls at their local times
since I will probably be sleeping… -_-u
Anyhow, one of those nights when someone woke me up with a call at 4 am (
thanks flaca!) and I couldn’t go back to sleep and I decided to use that time in a more useful way.
Studying? Video editing at 5 am? Working out, you may suggest? No. I decided to start writing postcards to my friends, to my family and those people that have been around my life as a support or just at the right time and place. That day I wrote 30 postcards to people that one way or another helped me to be a better person or that just were kind enough to let me crash at their place, let me borrow some cash after I lost my wallet (or it got stolen.. We will never know) or we had a good talk at a Smash Tournament in Paris.
Up to this day I have sent around 300 postcards, in small batches of 15 to 20 at the time. Of those 300 I know that 25% of them never arrived to the intended final destination (I hate those stats) but even is that means I wasted a lot of RMBs
and Brazil Reals in postcards that would never arrive I still believe the other 75% postcards that indeed made it are worth the whole process.
Why would you write them on ink and paper and not an e-mail?
Because when one of my friends tells me that the postcard got there at the right time to make them have a good week/weekend it makes me happy enough. Makes me realize that long posts, templates greetings (
you know those, the ones that some people write in your Facebook wall just because) can’t compare to read the handwriting of your friends in a small piece of paper saying that they hope to see you soon.
Finally a few weeks ago thanks to a really cool friend in Boston (who also has a really cool blog) posted this link to an experiment conducted by Soul Pancake named The Science of Happiness
, check it if you have time, and make me realize I write postcards because I’m thankful to having these random strangers, these friends in my life.
Because it’s easy to get lost in all these connections you make everyday, in everyplace I visit but when you meet one of those special persons you know it makes a difference a short message in a picture of old China worth the ink in you hands and the trip to the post office.
I’m still sending postcards once in a while and even if not all of them will arrive I will keep trying, as far I know that awesome moment when you get an unexpected postcard in the mail.
(Thanks for the postcards you guys have sent me)