Moving out of your house and into a dorm or first apartment can be a difficult transition for many reasons. Between new people, new found independence, and a whole boatload of emotions it is a time that is both exciting and taxing. Whenever I would start to feel overwhelmed with thoughts I found the best cure was to sit down with a cup of tea in my bed, turn off my phone, and write a letter to someone I miss.
So why is this different than writing a wall-post or a text to someone? Think about how excited you become when you receive a piece of mail that isn't junk. It's something tangible, something you can look back on when things are rough. It's a little piece of the person writing you sealed up and delivered to you, and only to you. Sending mail is a thoughtful gesture and something that is relaxing for both the reader and the writer. You feel accomplished for knowing you are in contact with those you miss in as real a way as you can be.When you have a break and cannot stop thinking of your best friend, your brother, your grandmother- sit down and write them something. My grandmother has a box of letters she has been collecting since her teen years. At the age of eighty-six we sat down and read through them together. Can you do that with a text message?