What with my final preparations for travelling and the big job of leaving our home behind, it’s fair to say that I fell a bit behind with my letter-writing challenge last week – and so it was that I found myself, on the eve of our departure for our big travels around the Americas, hunched over the steering wheel of a hired van at dawn in the car park of a cold and foreboding storage centre in South London, trying not to beep the horn accidentally whilst I wrote some very important letters to a few key people in my life. This was practically the only time I had to write the letters I promised to do as part of Weekly Challenge #2 – it goes to show, I definitely wouldn’t have found the time if I hadn’t made that commitment!

But everything happens for a reason. In the hiatus between deciding on and actually doing this challenge, I’ve been able to figure out why I needed to do this in the first place – I realised that, as I sat there on the precipice of such an exciting opportunity, I was only going to have time to write a few letters, so I would have to be choosy, and really get them right. It was time to think of and thank a few key people who have put me where I am.

It’s not something we do often enough is it? I mean, really, how often have you stopped and looked back at the timeline of your life including key turnkey moments and actually considered the people who helped to make it happen. We may all do it in a fleeting moment of generosity, but generally our selfish ego-driven nature kicks back in and we’re jolted back into self-congratulatory (or self-flagelatory) mode. But we’re all products of our society, and I’m betting we all had a few leg-ups along the way, I know I did.

I’m not going to mention who I wrote to, but I can say I only managed a handful, and I can also say I felt exhausted, cleansed and satisfied after each. As I mentioned when I launched this challenge, there is something unerringly significant about letters and the act of letter-writing. It is so much more considered, deliberate, poignant and thoughtful than other forms of communication. If I didn’t manage to write to you, or even if I did, I want to take this opportunity to say a giant thank you to all the considered, deliberate and thoughtful help I’ve received from so many. It’s made me the person I am today, and I truly couldn’t have done it without you.

If you’re even vaguely moved to write that letter to someone important, I urge you to DO IT. You won’t regret getting the pen and paper out!