Sending postcards seems to be as old-fashioned today as a black and white tv. Due to social media, free phone calls and e-mails, it’s a type of communication that has been forgotten and replaced. A lost art form. So when my best friend gave me a postcard calendar for my birthday, I didn’t quite know what to do with it at first. Luckily it came with instructions: Basically, you get a cute friendship postcard for every week. Once the week is up, you can detach the card and mail it. Obviously, the gift came with some stamps. So she’ll probably be expecting a card every week now. We’ll see how I do.
But I do love this cute idea of keeping in touch and sending short messages to each other without any particular reason but just to say hi. And it made me think about the times when it was common to send postcards to your friends and family on every trip you took. Remember? Let me share some reasons with you, on why we should go back to this.
1. It brings joy
I remember getting so excited about opening the mailbox as a kid. Be it from my grandma, friends on holiday or friends of my parents from overseas: There would usually be a postcard with some cool design or picture of a far away destination in it. Wouldn’t it be amazing, if we could make somebody else feel excited about opening his mailbox, just by taking five minutes to write a nice card?
2. You might help somebody decorate their home
Back in the day, after reading a postcard, I would put it in a box like a sacred treasure and then store it in my closet. But many people love to decorate the fridge or even their walls with them. So who are we to deny them a cool, decorative object, right? And anytime I am over at a friends house and I see my postcards it makes me so happy and appreciated, that they kept it and I am a part of their daily life. So let’s be real, it’s not just for them, it makes us feel better as well.
3. No need for a computer
I mean seriously, who brings a laptop on vacation anyways? The struggle is real when all you want to do is lay on the beach and get your tan on. But no, you have to go on a search mission for an internet cafe in order to send your loved ones a little message. This is definitely a moment in need of a cute postcard.
4. Something tangible in an intangible world
In times of digitalization and social media , it is becoming increasingly rare that we can really remember all photos that we took with our smartphone to put on Instagram and Facebook. The memories blur together and get stored in some folder on an external cloud in the world wide web . The digital universe seems to be infinite and everything you can find online is intangible. The same goes for our digital photographs. We can not touch them, unless we print them of course. Therefore postcards offer the perfect analog compensation. A memory we can literally hold in our hand.
I hope this post makes you a little bit more excited about writing postcards to your loved ones. If so, be sure to check out the next post on Thursday, where I will be doing a little postcard DIY for you guys. Do you still write postcards or love getting them? Let’s chat in the comments.