12 Lessons from Postcards for living the Twenties

11daystoPune left — pilgrimage journey to the GPO

From: Poland
1. From: Poland
Hello Arushi!…I’m 27 y/o living in Poland with my husband and our 2 cats. I came into my 20s with a huge party :) And I don’t mean my birthday — it was just a crazy party time in my life! I had a strong group of friends and we were spending time together all the time. When I was 21 I met my husband — also at a party :)… We’ve also started traveling together… we are still meeting a lot of our friends, but we have more of our own life now. We got married at the age of 26 and we’ve been traveling and loving each other ever since :) What a wonderful time of life :)
From Russia

2. From: Russia

Dear Arushi!
Greetings from Saint-Petersburg. I’m a 19 y.o student, love traveling — my biggest dream is to travel the whole world =)
I don’t work and sometimes feel completely lost’ cause I have no idea what I want to do in my life and for the future. All I got is the idea of traveling, but now I’m practicing it the usual way. I hope when I graduate I’ll go away for a year or more to find myself. I think it is a common problem for many young people, isn’t it? I hope you enjoy this card… All the best & good luck!

3. From: Ireland

From: Ireland
Hello from the central region of Ireland, where I live on a farm with my widowed mother… when I was in my 20s, I got 3 books of poetry published and I traveled to Europe around that time also! I am now 47. 
Happy postcrossing!
From: USA

4. From: USA

Hi Arushi…
I am 48 years old “truck driver” living in Chicago, but born in Europe, Czech Republic, I love reading very much, right now my favorite author is Jo Nesbo. And my craziest and most learning experience? I left my old country and start new life in US and I have very happy here. I think Chicago is most beautiful city in US.

5. From: USA

From: USA
Namaste Arushi! Greetings from Mary in Twin Falls, Idaho in the USA.
My 20s were a long time ago… but I do remember that I felt like anything and everything were possible! Believe in yourself~ be the best you can be! I send you my very best wishes! Much Happiness…
From: Netherlands

6. From: Netherlands

Hi!! Greetings from the Netherlands!! I am still in my 20s, I’m 29. My best time was in 2010. I went to Cameroon for 3 months studying birds of prey in the middle of nowhere. It was “normal” that giraffes came passing by! ❤
Oh, and in my twenties I had 2 of my biggest crushes. 1 very galant German guy, my first big crush :) and later a very handsome kiwi (New Zealand). Both holiday love, haha, but never to forget! I hope the thirties will be as great as my 20ties! Best Wishes & happy postcrossing!!

7. From: Singapore

Hi Arushi,

In 20-s we are usually very emotional & have a lot of ambitions. try to think about consequences of your action and be more patient. I wish you sincere love & happiness!

From: Germany

8. From: Germany

Dear Arushi,
I have been thinking about what to write and which card to pick for you. I chose this one, because Amnesty International is a very important part of my life for nearly 30 years by now. Volunteering for human rights, fighting for the enforcement of human rights world-wide, helping to free prisoners of conscience is a need and a necessity to me. 
My advice: do not let people hold you small. Stand up for your rights! Do not back away, if others are mistreated. Take action — no matter which field you choose, there is so much to do (protect children, animals, clean water, fight poverty, protect culture…) AND: enjoy your life. It’s not all about duty! All the best for you!

9. From: Italy

Hello from Italy!
I’m 26 years old and I live in the city of Trapani. When I was 20 I moved to Naples to study oriental languages at the college. It was the best period of my life. I met many people and I made many new experience because I lived in one apartment with other 4 girls. We are still very good friends. In October [2015] I’ll move to London for search a job. I hope will be all right.

10. From: Russia

Hello, Arushi!
… About my twenties (it was 20 years ago:))- I’d study a lot ( I have 2 university degrees), had a lot of fun with my friends, done a lot of my own mistakes and tryed to find a way I would live all my life. It was interesting time. Wish you all the best in your twenties.

11. From: Me 
(This postcard I had sent to myself, at a very anxious time in summer 2014)

From: ME
Letting there be room for not knowing the most important thing of all! When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We din’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really — we just don’t know.
— Pema Chodron in When Things Fall Apart
From: USA

12. From: USA (this is a fave ❤)

Hello! Here is my story… When I was 20 I called a boy I met when I was 12 and had not seen since. He said “come visit me”. I went to his city & never went back home. We fell in love, married, have 2 kids. I am a lucky girl! I will be 40 soon :)

2 years ago, I discovered an interest in Deltiology (the collection of postcards) — collecting, reading and learning through them.

Through this hobby I started the Project20

I have been asked so many times, why do I collect postcards? I don’t know. For me, it just happened when I Google-ed “postcards” and Postcrossing was the first link that appeared. I was probably excited about connecting with people world over in a more human manner.

As you read through, it is such a comforting realization that people world over are the same. They all moved out, striving to achieve their dreams & finding happiness! We share similar stories- of traveling, getting out of our comfort zone, living through quarter life crisis and surviving it.

As a monthly ritual of visiting the post-office to mail a batch of postcards, this time instead of going to the local one, I made the pilgrimage journey to the General Post Office (GPO)/ Head Post Office of Pune. 
It has a royal & an ancient feeling to the building. 
The best part about these GPOs are, that they have a philately office where you can buy fancy stamps. They are not available in the more local post-offices.

L-R: Postcards I sent, the entrance of the GPO, The Historical Letter Box of Pune Head Office.
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