PostSecret

There’s a website that I follow regularly – it started out as a blog and its grown to something of a movement across the US. Its called “PostSecret”.

People from all over the United States send in their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard, and selected secrets are posted on the blog every Sunday morning. The site is read by thousands, talk shows are regularly conducted at universities across the country and are filled to capacity. Members from the audience are invited to come up and share their secrets.Books containing collections of secrets are published regularly, and are often purchased and given as gifts.

Some of these secrets are meant strictly for a mature audience. The Indian mindset might not relate to/understand some of these stories. You might find some secrets offensive/gross – in which case, feel free to close the window and stop reading.  Some secrets are funny or silly, some painful to even read, and some heart-warming. But most of all, I think reading these secrets is a reminder that no one is truly alone in this world. There’s always someone out there who is going through a similar joy or similar pain – and it does help to remember that.

For those of us who have had a happy childhood and a well-adjusted and comfortable life, these serve as reminders to us to always empathise with the pain of another and to be grateful for how fortunate we are. For those who haven’t been as fortunate – remember you aren’t alone and sharing your pain might be cathartic.

There have been so many secrets I’ve read over the past few years that have given me food for thought. This isn’t a traditional ‘blog post’ –  I just had something to share and wanted to put it up here. A secret that I read on PostSecret – a story of strength and positiveness shining through even in the darkest of circumstances. This woman is an inspiration and her secret deserves to be made into a poster and put up all over our country. 

This is her secret:

I'm a survivor, not a victim.

Please step over to PostSecret if you want to read more. Perhaps, we need a movement like this in India too.

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24 thoughts on “PostSecret

  1. As usual, you offer quite some food for thought, P&P. There’s been a lot of discussion about whether Internet anonymity is a good thing or a bad one. I believe that PostSecret is one wonderful aspect of having anonymity, needless to say, if not abused. Such a medium can help people voice their pains without fear of being identified and labeled a victim for the rest of their lives.

    Since you put it across so beautifully, I’ll be lazy and, if you don’t mind, will borrow your words, ‘these serve as reminders to us to always empathize with the pain of another and to be grateful for how fortunate we are. For those who haven’t been as fortunate – remember you aren’t alone and sharing your pain might be cathartic’.

    How would this be helpful in a country like India, I wonder. Do the people who really need such a means of sharing their pains have access to the Internet? Having access can mean two things: they probably don’t represent the downtrodden, they have (some) freedom. But, what about people who don’t have either of these? I wonder how we can help them voice their pains…

    1. Thank you for your comment, Twocentimental. Truth is, I didn’t quite think of this reaching people without internet access (atleast not now) But there’s plenty of pain/happiness about the internet-savvy, urban crowd, and if a movement like this can reach a few of them and help a few troubled souls, I think it’ll be worth it.

      For the downtrodden and those without access to the internet – something else needs to be done. But a lot of people might say, they need so much more basic essentials facilities.. an anonymous way of posting secrets isn’t really that important…

      I don’t know but I somehow feel that this can translate into something more powerful. It remains to be seen how it would work out.

      1. Yes, I agree with you. Like you said, there are certainly more apparently urgent needs for them and perhaps such a service may not be seen as something that may be an immediate need. For the internet-savvy, a certain degree of anonymity is possible for them to blog/post about their secrets without being easily identified. They even have the choice of having people and offer their opinions through a blogger network or something of the sort. Something like PostSecret would indeed be a nice idea for people who just need to find closure and want to get thoughts off their heads.

        But, I think there’s a lot of poverty even among the urban crowd. I believe there’s a lot of fear that needs to be channeled out too. Obviously, something that requires internet access won’t work in such a case. I was wondering if there could be something equivalent to that.

        Graffiti on walls is perhaps one way we know people communicate their emotions, but I think it does more harm than good from what I’ve seen.

  2. Hi PP… Long time 🙂 Lolvey post asusual, and I completely echo what you have said here. I amn’t blogging much, or atleast not anymore, cos instead am doing this – http://reachripple.wordpress.com/about/

    Let me know if you are in. I could use a lawyer’s services for all I know… 😉 Will tell you the story of how it all started if and when we have time.

    Love,
    SB,

  3. What a brilliant idea Pp. Did you see the Stayfree, Time to Change contest on Indiblogger? People have started speaking out quite openly. Some still have the need to remain anonymous and need just such an outlet. Thanks for sharing “Post A Secret”. Am heading on over right away.

      1. To have your comments blocked for some reason is disappointing. Wonder if it is because you use wordpress and I, blogspot?

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