In this fast-paced world, it can be challenging to slow things down. There is always the quest to digitize everything when really, we just need to change our pace. Analog living is becoming a movement because it introduces an observance of older traditions such as buying and making handmade items and letter writing. Sure, emails can be convenient especially in the business setting, but there is nothing more romantic than receiving a letter via snail mail. I used to have pen pals back in the 90's and I enjoyed exchanging handwritten letters because there was the anticipation, the enjoyment of writing down the highlights of my life, and the hope that I could also receive a response soon. So imagine my joy when I found out that 1/2 of the dynamic duo behind #15DaysOfWritingTrue, Camille Pilar, was holding a talk on letter writing at Testify Coffee and Rare Finds. I attended this talk because even if it tackled a hobby close to my heart, it was still out of my comfort zone:
- I don't usually venture out into places beyond my area in Quezon City. Testify is away from my frequent hangouts so yay me! (I was actually holding onto the steering wheel tightly because my map app was leading me towards unfamiliar streets. But that's the whole point.)
- I wanna meet Camille because she's my teacher and it was weirdly magical to do so.
- My boyfriend wasn't feeling well and I didn't feel like having dinner on a Sunday alone (because Sundays are ours ).
I sat by the bar and was chatting with Wenj, the charming barista and one of the owners of Testify. She told me that sitting by the bar is bold and I was pleasantly surprised to be told so. I really feel more italic (because it connotes being off-tangent) today because I went out of my comfort zone but if bold is what I am, then bold is what I will be.
So after finishing my delicious tinapa pasta, Camille's talk finally commenced. She promotes letter-writing so we could become gentler, kinder and more intuitive. She shared how growing up writing letters has made her appreciate the process of putting her thoughts on paper and sending it out into the wild. As she grew older and eventually taught writing, she continued writing letters, even to herself. She shared how it has enabled her to learn more about others and become more aligned with what matters most. She then concluded her talk with a letter to Manila, a city which she has stayed away from and yet continues to call her every now and then, such as for this letter-writing talk.
Wenj and her brother and co-owner Ralph has then introduced a snail mail system in their cafe wherein they will provide paper for customers and they will send your letters to the post office, for a minimum fee of course. They continued the theme of the evening and encouraged everyone present to keep on reaching within yourself and to just write . After all, time is a finite resource which we cannot take back, so we might as well spend it with valuable moments and traditions such as letter writing.
So guys I encourage you to write a letter today. Until it becomes another, and another, and another. Then send them. You'll be surprised with the response or two that you could get. And before you know it, you have already started a tradition in this fast-paced world where everyone is in a hurry.