We met at your Nebraska PostSecret Live! event last night. I’m the woman who drove down from Minnesota and who told my secret to everyone about why that was so significant to me.
Firstly, I want to thank you so much for everything. Your acknowledgement and validation of my struggle means more to me than you can ever know. I have never felt anything like that in my life. My heart is overflowing with love for everyone I met there.
Like you talked about, we often keep secrets from ourselves, and I think in the end the real secret was I couldn’t forgive myself. There is still a ways to go, but realizing this I can let go a bit and start to heal. I know I will never gain back what was lost completely. But like I said in my secret, I am gaining back a piece of what was lost. Right now that’s honestly more than I thought I’d ever have.
PS. Oh, and you managed to pull off my hat quite nicely.
Thank you so much for agreeing to ask your Facebook fans to help me decode these postcards from my Great-Grandfather in the 1800’s. He owned a farm and a mill and apparently was involved in a war that was going on at that time… We don’t know who he was corresponding with or why. None of us have been able to crack the code.
I just read all three decoded messages on Facebook I called my mother again and she was so excited. My Great Grandfather’s name is Harry (whom the cards are written to). She doesn’t know who the M is – and she found the one card that says “I am your true love” very interesting – – – because his wife’s name was Helen (eek!). Thank you SO very much and feel free to share this email with the P.S. community! You’re bringing so many smiles to my family right now!
This Sunday you posted the classic secret of Purell and a note to Katie from her mother. I saw that secret when it was originally posted as a Sunday Secret. It is the only secret I ever printed. I carried it in my purse folded up for YEARS to remind me that MY having OCD and Anxiety was okay. Nobody needed to tell me that because the literal secret in my purse told me. I was no longer ashamed and was able to be open and a self-advocate for my needs. Now as a teacher I often tell my students, who are struggling, about that secret. I am going to print the secret again and keep extras in my office for future people who need it What I’m trying to say is thank you and thanks to Katie. You’ve changed my life for the better.
Thank you Rutgers and CMU for two memorable and emotional PostSecret Live! events.
I appreciate your courage to share your stories and secrets and was not surprised by the audience’s compassion, understanding and support.
Telling our story can be transformative. Next stop Nebraska.
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