Poet Aims to Write One Million Letters to People All Over the World
A 28-year-old poet, Jodi Ann Bickley, had been through a lot considering her young age. She battled depression and after developing encephalitis from a tick bite, she had a stroke which paralyzed half her body. But it still didn’t stop her from living the life she wants so she fought back one more time and re-taught herself how to write. Now she is embarking on a quest to write one million letters to anyone in need of a kind word.
After re-learning how to write, she set a goal to write a million letters to people all over the world just to send out encouragement and motivation, especially to those who are having a difficult time.
Bickley , in an interview with BBC, said that she had always loved writing letters ever since she was little as it was an effective way to deal with whatever negative things she’s been going through. “When I was little, and it was my mom’s way of helping us to deal with our grief,” she said.
So far, Bickley had written over 4,000 letters to people all across the globe through her project called “One Million Lovely Letters”, where people can request her to write letters for themselves or for others. She has also written a book about her story and the handwritten mission she was taken on.
Bickley ’s handwritten letters were very much appreciated by those who have received them.
One letter recipient who is suffering from depression named Sebastien told BBC that he was very grateful for what Bickley had been doing through her project.
“She has no idea who we are and she still takes time out of her day to say, ‘you know what? this person needs motivation,” said Sebastien.
Another letter recipient, Scarlett, shared how a simple letter from Bickley changed her life, saying: “I wish that she realized how much of an impact she had on people’s lives.”
In a world were sending very short impersonal text messages and pre-written emails and e-cards, Bickley is showing how people can help each other up by simply taking the time to put encouraging words on paper.
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