The art of writing love letters: old-fashioned or timeless?
Lucy Rawlings discusses the nearly lost art of writing love letters and why it is a practice we should continue.
In a world where technology acts as oxygen for humanity, it is no surprise that the way in which we display affection is changing. With Valentine’s Day approaching, there will be so many ways in which couples will celebrate their love and happiness with one another. Some may choose a romantic meal out, some may swap emoji-dominated messages on social media, or some may simply exchange the classic bouquet of roses. How many will choose to write a love letter? Is this an art form that is fading into the past, or is this form of old fashioned communication a treasured sentiment?
In the age of rising social media, the value of written letters is becoming lost in the immediate and ephemeral practicality of texting. Love letters require us to slow down and encourage reflection upon the deeper appreciation that you have for your partner. The thoughtful nature of a love letter is usually founded upon a special memory that you have both shared, and an expression of the personal joys within your relationship. The letter is a physical entity that your partner can keep, look back on and one day see it as memory of a time when they were loved. Writing how deeply we care for someone can sometimes make us feel vulnerable. Yet, a physical gift of your love is a creative and romantic art which this generation needs to awaken to.
The letter is a physical entity that your partner can keep, look back on and one day see it as memory of a time when they were loved.
As Frida Kahlo once wrote “Your word travels the entirety of space and reaches my cells, which are my stars then goes to yours, which are my light.” Just as stars in the sky never leave, the written word holds power in its permanence. So, next time you begin to text someone you love them, why not write it instead? I guarantee you it will make their day.