Sunday evening Tom and I went to a Post Secret show. What is Post Secret do you ask? It is a website that Frank Warren started in January 2007. The idea was to have an art project in which people submitted their secrets on homemade postcards. No restrictions were made on the content and sometimes they are graphic in nature. The only requirement was that the secret was truthful and it was never spoken before. Frank Warren would post these on his blog, Post Secret.
The postcards range from the funny to the somber. New secrets are posted every Sunday.
I think part of the appeal for this webpage is people being able to express deep hurts and pain for the first time. It’s like a weight being lifted off their shoulders. I think when someone reads a postcard that they can relate to, they feel less alone. They know someone else understands their pain.
Often I’ve been moved by stranger’s secrets. I’ve said a prayer when I’ve read one that moved me.
So what is a Post Secret show?
Frank Warren told stories of how he started Post Secret. He read some postcards that were not published before. The best part of the evening was the open mike. People who attended had an opportunity to speak a secret or share a brief story. It was very moving and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Tom and I enjoyed our evening very much. We were seated in the second row.
Pictured below is a picture I took of Frank Warren from my seat.
© Nadine Zawacki 2010