Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Do you have a secret?

I just found out about postsecret.blogspot.com today.
You are invited to anonymously contribute your secrets to the PostSecret project. Each secret can be a regret, hope, belief, experience, fear, betrayal, desire, feeling, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything - as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.

Create your own 4-inch by 6-inch postcards out of any mailable material. But please only put one secret on a card. If you want to share two or more secrets, use multiple postcards.

He then takes those postcards and posts them as blog entries (at least the good ones). They're fun to read. It's one of those things where it's not like laughing at other people's secrets; it's like taking comfort in the fact that you're not quite that weird. Nearly every secret is something that could apply to anyone. You may not have ever been in the situations mentioned in each secret, but you very easily could have been and could have reacted the same way.

At least that's why I think it's neat. A wave of empathy washes over me, and I somehow feel connected to the people who have posted the secrets, and I can understand why they have decided to mail them in.

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