Why This Women Is Writing One Million Letters To Total Strangers
She's an actual angel...
Tbh the most effort your friends make to talk to you is lazily chucking you an emoji via WhatsApp, and you’ve come to accept that.
Like, if one of them saw you were upset one day and wrote you a letter of encouragement you’d literally not believe it until you had it in your hands and had Instagrammed it for good measure.
Well what if we told you that there was someone out there who wrote letters to make people happy every single day? And that those letters aren’t even sent to friends but to TOTAL STRANGERS… and that she’s planning on writing ONE MILLION of them?
Jodi Ann Bickley is the women behind One Million Lovely Letters, a project set up in 2013 with the intention of imparting one million strangers with hope and happiness, just ‘cos.
People write in to her all around the world to ask for a letter and she takes it upon herself to offer them personal words of support, encouragement and motivation. Her letters are changing people’s lives across the world.
So far Jodi’s written 4,000 letters, and her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. Her book One Million Lovely Letters became a Sunday Times bestseller, she held her first One Million Lovely Letters exhibition in April, she was the subject of a BBC documentary called Jodi’s Lovely Letters, which aired on Monday.
But all that letter-writing won’t stop now she’s got recognition. Jodi absolutely intends on continuing to write these letters until she’s written one million of them. “Yeah it seems like a lot, but I’ve got a lifetime,” she said in the doc. “I think everyone should know that they are enough, and that they are loved.”
How did One Million Lovely Letters start? When she was 23 she got bitten by a tick and developed a potentially fatal brain disease and became bed-bound for a year and a half. That, on top of her depression (which she’s battled from a young age), meant she was ready to kill herself but then a funny message popped up on a phone app and made her laugh which took her out of her dark thoughts for a moment. That moment inspired her to look for new ways to get better and seek fulfilment, and she began developing a plan of action.
That’s when she set up the OMLL website.
“I think what’s important is that we live in a world where so many of us suffer from alienation,” she told the Telegraph in an interview. “My letters tell people they are not alone. I care for them. Other people care for them. It’s an important message.”
We’re ridiculously inspired by the effort Jodi makes to make so many strangers happy on a daily basis. If you are too, why not write your own letter to a stranger via Jodi? She’ll even email you to tell you where your letter ended up! Click here for more info.
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