Everyone has their secrets, and secrets are meant to be kept to ourselves, right? Not according to Frank Warren, who is the creator of PostSecret.
When Frank Warren decided to hand out postcards to strangers in November 2004, inviting them to share one secret on it and then mail it back to him, he didn’t expect that it would start a phenomenon that would touch and change millions of lives. But handing them out isn’t the only thing he did. Printing 3,000 postcards, Frank left them at art galleries, in library books, all over, and all with the same message:
“You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything – as long as it is true and you have never shared it with anyone before.”
Slowly the postcards started coming in. When he finally stopped distributing them, they continued to come. Written on postcards, photos, grocery lists, and much more, Frank decided to put them together in a book: PostSecret.
Since then there have been five PostSecret books: PostSecret, My Secret, The Secret Lives of Men and Women, A Lifetime of Secrets, and Confessions on Life, Death, and God, the newest addition to the project.
Each book is a collection of secrets that Frank has received over the years ranging from funny to touching to heartbreaking. My favorite part about the art project is that there are so many secrets sent in that one of them is bound to be yours. A secret you have that someone else has as well. It’s interesting when you come across those because you get a sense of connection with someone you’ve never met. Suddenly you don’t feel so alone, and it creates a little relief knowing that you are not the only one with this secret.
So check out PostSecret and discover a world where people open up in the hopes of not only relieving their own secret burdens, but the secret burdens of others as well.