Challenge 2 was simple but really enjoyable. The challenge was built on the idea that most of this generation never writes letters by pen and paper. It’s so easy to type an anecdote on someone’s wall or confess one’s ‘love’ via Messenger. I wanted to take time to hand write at least a full page to five different people. I thought it was going to be really hard but the second I started writing, it kind of just fell out of my arm and onto the page. I wrote to: my best friend in the whole world Tom Nixon, my Grandparents on my mother’s side, a great man and family friend Adam Dyer, the wonderful Owen and Claire Lynch and finally the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
Tom, because I love him and it was just fun writing down random thoughts and knowing he will kind of understand because he gets me.
My grandparents were the first people I thought of and it was really enjoyable to write memories I had of them from when I was younger.
Adam, because he has been one of the most inspirational men of my life and is always there for both me and Helen.
Owen and Claire, to thank them for what they did for me and show appreciation to them.
Justin because it was early on around the time of the refugee crisis and I wanted to see if the church of England could you know, just sort it out.
The response I received was amazing. I got 4 letters back in the post myself and there was something super-satisfying about opening them up and reading letters hand-crafted just for me. These people had obviously spent the time going over what I had said and giving back from time in their day. It was much more special than getting a message on social media and I highly recommend doing it yourself.
I haven’t actually done it since and its partly because I feel like I’m too ‘busy’, even though that is just making excuses. I hope to do it more in the future, but I’m not really sure what that will look like.