Some might say a post in the form of a letter is trite and overdone. But when done well, a public open letter can tell a great story or get your message across.
Consider Michael Hobbes’ piece of memoir, “An Open Letter to the Girl I Pretended to Have a Crush On in Eighth Grade,” Anne Thériault’s “An Open Letter to All of My Friends Who Take Selfies,” Dawn Quyle Landau’s “On My Father’s Birthday: A Letter to the Man Who Killed Him,” and Ernst Stuhlinger’s letter to a nun in Africa in 1970.
Today, write your post as a letter. Approach it in any way you’d like, but if you’re not sure what to write, here are ideas:
- A letter to a blogger/writer, responding to one of their posts/articles.
- A humorous or satirical letter to a celebrity or public figure.
- A piece of constructive criticism (or praise) to a politician, international or local.
- A letter to a thing — a fear, a bad habit, an object, etc.
- A note to yourself at a specific age/year in the past or future.
- A letter to someone who cannot respond (a loved one who has passed, a fictional character).
- A love letter to a place.
To whom it may concern,
This post isn’t about me.
I’ve come to terms with my depression.
Accepting it and asking for help is the first step on the path to recovery. That first step took twenty years. My epiphany came when I met a doctor I trusted. To be fair I only trusted my doctor after I came to a a point of no return with my internal suffering and even then after months of research and experimentation with over the counter medicines and supplements imported from the US.
It’s a statistical probability that you know someone who’s depressed and in need of help whether they know it or not.
I want to ask you to to do something for me. For them.
I want you to say to them what my doctor said to me.
I want you to tell them to stop carrying their burden alone.
I want you to tell them this has been going on for too long.
I want you to convince them they’re not getting better they”re just going around in circles.
I want you to tell them that if they keep doing what they’ve been doing nothing is going to change.
I want you to tell them that what they’re going through is common and people recover completely.
I want you to tell them that powerful anti-depressants aren’t the only option and they’re not even the first option.
I want to you to tell them not to be afraid. You’re not going to be turned into a zombie eunuch.
I want you to tell them that it’s going to get better.
I want you to tell them not to be afraid.