Aw, cripes – another item from The List? I know, Gentle Reader, I know – but you’d better get used to them, because January’s nearly over and I’ve only finished five, and we have a long way to go.
Write a letter to a complete stranger, telling them how much they matter in this world and stuff.
I needed to write a love-letter to a stranger. This isn’t an entirely original project – Hannah Brencher has been rather famously doing it for a few years now. Rather than leaving a letter out in the wild for someone random to find, I wanted to be a little more direct and send a letter directly to a deserving stranger.
One problem, though – how was I to find one?
Thank you, Internet. I can always count on you. You – yes, you – came through with all sorts of suggestions on Facebook and on Twitter.
Well, despite all the excellent suggestions – I picked a name out of a phone book, after all, which was my original plan.
Veronica Song. Veronica Song! VERONICA SONG! That is the name that I chose.
So I sat down to write, and the first paragraph was easy – I knew that I wanted to express how everyone on earth matters, and that sort of thing. However, I had quite a bit of blank paper left over – I’m sure you can figure out what happened next.
Writer’s block. Writer’s block is what happened next.
I didn’t want to talk about myself at great length to someone I was writing to unsolicited – that’s probably rude and absolutely is self-centered. I ended up waffling a bit more about universal love and acceptance and smiles and love again and honestly, I made myself a bit sick with how twee the letter ended up being. Now, mind you, the Internet gave me multiple suggestions on how to find a stranger to write to – but after just one of these, I had to find something to get rid of the saccharine aftertaste, so I scrapped the other letters. One love letter, for
River Veronica Song.
I can so get behind this, if I had had just a little bit more to work with – If I knew literally anything at all about Veronica Song, I could have written her a much better, much more heartwarming letter. As it is? Yuck.
I would probably try this again, but I can’t even think about it right now.