I’ve recently been blessed with a lot of time. We always say we don’t have enough of it – how we would love more of it and how it seem to flies. Until recently I didn’t know what to do with the amount I had on my hands. I’ve always been the busiest of bees, with two jobs and performing poetry I rarely had a second to breathe and I loved it. But sometimes life throws you a little spanner and in September 2011 I contracted a brain infection called Mengo-Encephalitis teamed with a suspected mini stroke which wasn’t a lot of fun. This lead to me having to walk and write again, which provided as many laughs as it did tears and just when I thought I’d got to the other side of it and started getting my old life back, things took a funny turn. I started getting the worst headaches, partial blindness, blacking out, lack of balance, muscle numbness and having fits along with a whole load of other crazy symptoms. For a long while nobody could quite work out what was going on, but now I have a diagnosis. I have M.E which is Myalgic encephalomyelitis also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. M.E is physically and mentally pretty draining – you are never sure whether today is going to be a good one or a bad and you really have to learn your limits which at 25 isn’t something I took easy (I am as stubborn as mule!) But I’m getting there. Some days I function pretty okay and others I don’t function at all and those days are made for Netflix.
Basically, I have a lot of time on my hands. And with time you can either waste it, or make it count. I’ve always loved post, I think I’ve kept every letter I’ve ever been sent (minus the bills and the boring things) I don’t think anything beats it. And I know in our worst moments, sometimes it only takes one person to make you feel like you belong – to remind you how incredible you are and I hope that’s what I and my one million lovely letters can do.
If you would like a letter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your address and why you would like one, for example:
“I’m feeling a little glum”
anything really, just why you need a little cheering up or a reminder that actually you are really lovely.