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