In loving memory of the letter days

If I never see you again I will always carry you
inside
outside

on my fingertips
and at brain edges

and in centers
centers
of what I am of
what remains– Charles Bukowski

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There was a time when we used to write letters and wait for the recipient to call our land-line (for those lucky to have such at home) or meet at a particular spot- at a canteen during lunch break, under an orange tree, at the back of a block, at the junction by the school gate etc. It was exciting! We would look forward to a reply and the content, and when none came we were the saddest. Communication was of the essence; we would bare it all in the most beautiful words, leaving a lot to be imagined and less to be assumed. The message was clear!

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Today letters have been replaced with social media platforms- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp (please add the rest. It is a tad difficult to keep tabs). I know, as human beings it is second nature to yearn for connections and a sense of belonging; what ‘better place’ to do so? 😕 I dare say we have lost our communication sense; we have lost our real life connection to real-time notifications. We yearn for connections yet we stray from it, consciously or unconsciously?

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I really don’t intend to preach about the vices of the new media, for even I know that the internet is a convenient, popular and gratifying way to network (with like minds). However, can we beat our chests and say the social media hasn’t ruined our real life relationships?
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People have vested too much power on the social media. It now appears that we judge our relevance by the number of likes from a post, number of followers on our page, etc. You put only the good out there (not like we are aching to see bad, are there people that vile?)- filtered images, best backgrounds, hot romance with bae etc. when your reality needs a make over. Is the new media teaching us to keep false appearances? Are we really flaunting our best moments so that our social mates can count us worthy, or is there something I am missing? Like many things, the social media should depict balance🔑In a bid to be trendy and cool, should we not endeavour to be realistic too?

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People have blamed the social media for ending their relationships. As absurd as it may sound, it is neither far from the truth. The social media may be a haven for meeting new and interesting (or annoying) people but it can also facilitate ending the ones you already have. Insecurities among lovebirds have been heightened! Seeing your orente in a picture with another person (or different persons) who isn’t you gives room for jealousy. You see, it is not like they don’t trust you, it’s just that a picture speaks a thousand words. This is where physical communication comes. Wait! you think you can explain yourself with the social media lingua? Fail! The words and the real intentions get lost. My advice: deal with real issues that will affect your real life in person. Let me guess, no time for that? Lol

Funny how we’ve lost our bearing. We no longer have time for the real deal; we have used our own fingers to invest in our virtual life. Actually, it is not funny! When was the last time you sat next to someone new and talked unendly with a high degree of excitement, as friendly as can be, with sarcasm but no rude remarks? How long ago did you sit with friend(s) or loved ones to discuss a pressing matter as it affects you or those around you? When was the last time you passed a compliment to someone in your immediate surrounding? Yet, your twitter fingers are always quick to comment on a stranger’s post, like an image on IG, or shoot something rude at someone you literally can’t sit with in real life. Imagine sending bae a message and getting no reply hours later, although bae had been active on social media. The funny part is how desperately they would try to defend the act. You have succeeded in trading your REAL time for your timeline. 👏👏👎

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This wouldn’t happen during the letter days. You would get a note, in a brightly coloured paper, smelling as though the sender sprayed his mother’s favourite cologne with words that read, “Meet me at our spot. I need to look into your eyes while I explain things to you”. This sounds like a myth now! Social media guests will call you childish and petty for responding to a post derogatory to your person. Brethren, jealousy may be an ugly trait but it is also a very normal part of a relationship. So no, you’re not as childish, petty or jealous as your partner makes you seem, you’re only more human.

I am of the opinion that when you’re in love with someone, your happiness should both be in sync- if your partner complains about an attitude you exhibited, be objective. There’s a reason you have two ears and one mouth- listen more. Except of course your partner is being outrightly irrational and attacking, in which case I would advice you pack up and leave before it gets abusive. You should endeavour to find someone who has utmost respect for you and your emotions, even if it takes light years to find such. Happiness is key 🔑

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Once upon a time, manners made man, communication was almost devoid of channel noise and man almost lived happily ever after… then came social media platforms. Now, man doesn’t know where to draw the line between real life and real-time or at least strike a balance.

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If the very first thing you do when you wake up is change your display picture but it is your attitude that really needs a change; if you only ‘lol’ and smile on social media but fine lines are slowly gracing your forehead; if you’re only pretty in your social media images but are a shadow of yourself in reality; if your momma didn’t raise a rude boy but you think rude is the new cool; if all you do when you have issues with people is rant on social media instead of facing your issues directly, congratulations! you just played yourself.

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23 thoughts on “In loving memory of the letter days

  1. Very true. Luckily I’m one of those who realised the detour & found a balance. I found it both hilarious & sad when a girl was comparing herself to another by the number of followers she had on Instagram. I fear for future generations. Its even affecting the home, no more “Tales by Moonlight” & stuffs. Nice post dear.

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  2. A very true writeup sis, our way of life has completely changed from what it was only twenty years ago. Now, there is a dramatic decrease in face-to-face communication, which reduces our generation’s ability to interact with others on a speaking level. It’s really awful

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  3. Lovely piece
    I hardly got love letters back in the day, but the one time I did, felt like a bowl full of ice cream mixed with the finest of chocolate and heavenly toppings.
    Sadly, social media comments and compliments can’t even make me feel some type of way cos I sense insincerity behind those words.
    Probably, because many people are just fast to type and itchy fingers. However, it doesn’t mean there isn’t some truth in the words spoken.

    No lie though, social media has been a tad helpful, scrap that, a lot helpful in sustaining real relationships. I for one, can attest to that. Truth is, it’s humanly impossible to reach out to everybody we hold dear, physically.. but social media has made that much easier.

    For relationships that don’t stand the test of time, maybe just maybe, the foundation is faulty. Because, social media or physical interaction, such relationships will collapse.

    Beautiful piece Sandra.

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    1. Thanks for reading dear. Indeed, the social media isn’t the archenemy- it shouldn’t be. How we let it affect our reality should however, be revisited.

      Thanks for your input darl.

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  4. Beautiful Piece,Incisive and Painfully True. I remember my childhood involving my dad telling my siblings and I stories under d moonlight. These days,kids have smartphones instead of actual interactions with Family.
    Hopefully we can start trying to retrace our steps before social media wipes out our humanity.
    Great Job

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  5. Everything has its good and bad sides
    The key here is maintaining an equillibrum..
    I liked that someone takes cognizance of a an issue that is often taken for granted in the matter of the ills of social media abuse.

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  6. Everything has its good and bad sides
    The key here is maintaining equillibrum..
    I liked that someone takes cognizance of a an issue that is often taken for granted in the form of the ills of social media abuse.

    Like

  7. Everything has its good and bad sides
    The key here is maintaining equilibrium..
    I’m glad someone takes cognizance of a an issue that is often taken for granted in the matter of the ills of social media abuse.

    Like

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