#01 / Pen Pals

03.17.2019

I loved getting mail when I was a kid. I used to have a pen pal with several people, but on different occasions in my life. It was so awesome knowing I could connect with a person who has an interest in learning about the world outside their borders, and me on a more personal level.

About almost a decade ago, I had a dear friend to whom we would exchange our daily happenings, or week.. depending how busy we were. At first, I didn’t think much about our exchange. When we stopped keeping in contact with each other, I can’t help but feel thankful overall to this individual. It helped shape how I communicate with others and eventually.. right here.

As I’ve gotten older, I’m reading lots of articles about the “loneliness” epidemic growing larger and larger by the minute. I don’t particularly feel bothered by being alone.. yet knowing someone out there is listening can really lift your spirits when you need it.

I’ll be honest with you, it’s been such a long time since I’ve sincerely opened up to an individual. This is due to lots of things… but I suppose for me the worst one feeling would be not worth the effort to keep in contact with. Then again, this would be life’s attempt in teaching me an important lesson.

People truly come and go. The one’s who’ll stay will make the effort to stay. Otherwise, everyone eventually moves on. And that’s the hardest truth I’ve had to learn.

So with that knowledge, I want to be proactive. I would like to try and fight the urge to do what’s easy; which is nothing. I want to be as authentic as I can be.. here on this platform. It’s not famous and it’s still fairly new. Heh.

Anyways, back to my friend earlier, what I would like to do is recreate that exchange.. where writing letters and having a conversation without the immediate response. It’s the slow build up of getting to know a person. Alas, I won’t have a response back for a direct conversation but instead of having one person read it, I can still share the general knowledge of what’s going one and at the same time, demonstrate how writing letters can be beautiful.

Anyways, I just got off work and so I’m going to catch a couple hours of ZZZ.

Yours truly, K10

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