Everyone has a secret or two, right?
If you’ve never heard of something called PostSecret, then you’ve definitely never visited the website.
The concept of the project is that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions are made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. Secrets range from admissions of sexual misconduct, criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams.
The secrets are meant to be empowering both to the author and to those who read it. Frank Warren, the creator, claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger’s secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance.
It became so popular that an exhibit of the PostSecret phenomenon took place at The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
Most of the secrets were displayed along the side of a circular staircase that gradually rose to the third floor of the museum.
One couple were desperate to attend.
As the couple slowly ascended the stairs, she read every PostSecret postcard. He knew she would because it had been her idea to attend the exhibit.
What she did not know was that earlier he had made a special arrangement with a director of the museum to replace the last post card with a special one he had created just for her to see.
When they reached the top of the stairs she read the final card, “I don’t know if I believe in God, but I believe something great brought you into my life. If you turn around I’ll ask you to marry me”.
When she turned around, her future husband was on bended knee with an illuminated ring box holding a 6-carat diamond. She said “yes” with tears in her eyes.
It is a website that is well worth a look and proves that not all secrets that we keep are bad.