Last night I had the pleasure of attending a moving multi-media presentation at UWO by Frank Warren, the creator of the Post Secret, an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.
I encourage you to visit the PostSecret blog to view several of the hundreds of thousands of postcards that Frank has received from all over North America and the world: http://www.postsecret.com/.
(For information on PostSecret news, books, videos, FAQ’s or current conversations about the project, visit http://www.postsecretcommunity.com/).
What struck me as most poignant about this project (and about so many of the postcards themselves that appear in his presentations, books and blog) was the vast community of shared catharsis that has been created, and which continues to inspire others and draw forth confessions and revelations from people around the world.
I think the concept and growing success of the project especially resonates with me because I realize how much the participants of the Grit Uplifted Creative Writing Group have been so bravely sharing their own secrets through their writing since the inception of our program in 2009.
I want to thank all of you for placing your trust in myself and your fellow group members as you express your own personal thoughts, feelings and experiences–intense and painful though they often are–on a regular basis in the group, the magazine, and on the website.
In addition to showing my gratitude, I would like to emphasize how important it is for all of our past, current and future Grit Uplifted writers to continue to share your stories because by seizing the opportunity to break the silence and let your voices be heard, you are in effect breaking down the walls of stigmatization that so often surround and isolate individuals that suffer from and experience homelessness, poverty, mental health and addiction issues.
Thank you to Frank Warren and all of the contributors of PostSecret, and to the participants of Grit Uplifted for inspiring me and so many others, and for giving us hope by demonstrating to all of us who guard our secrets that we are not alone in our struggles.
~ Kelly Bradley