Imagine you could tell a complete stranger your innermost secret and you wouldn’t be judged. You know that one thing that has been bothering you? You can finally offload it. Imagine a place where you can share, be heard, and yet remain completely invisible. Too good to be true? Nope!
This is the beauty of the wonderful website PostSecret. It is a mail art project, created by Frank Warren, in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard. Selected secrets are then posted on the PostSecret website, or used for PostSecret’s books or museum exhibits. Some are hilarious; others haunting. They range from the mundane — people admitting they eat on the john or pick their nose — to utterly heartbreaking, where they reveal that they can’t cope with their lives or that they were abused as children. The idea is that in revealing the secret, the person is empowered.
Often the postcards are incredibly detailed visually — with people using all kinds of drawings and papers to illustrate how they feel. One extremely powerful postcard I remember consisted of a photocopy of a death certificate of a suicide with the words “Dad I forgive you.”
The site is updated every Sunday with 10 new secrets. Warren himself includes a secret of his own in each of his books, but unlike other entries, he signs his.
I can honestly say no site has ever touched me like this one. It makes me realize that we are all human — all have failings and desires and needs and stories that shape us.
If you have never checked it out, please do. And why not create your own postcard?
Meanwhile, here are 8 of the best-kept celebrity secrets in Hollywood…
All photo credits are Pacific Coast News except where indicated.
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