Letter from the Stranger (i) – Embrace the Change
My Dearest Rose,
What a wonderful thing it is to hear from you again! You are quite right. It does seem like an age has passed since your words found their way to me. Now that they have found me again, I will hold them close as a jeweller would his precious gems.
Times indeed have changed my dear. Technology has forever changed the face of the world. Nothing will ever be, how it was once was. It is in fact how it should be. We should embrace change with open arms but keep in mind that not all change is good kind of change. Take art as an example. Art has evolved immensely through the ages. Each age has been defined by different artists, different styles and different motifs. You cannot compare Da Vinci’s masterpiece to Picasso’s. Both artists were exceptionally skilled and have been lauded with uncountable praises throughout time, but you cannot compare the two. You can most certainly try though I can assure that you will not find the answer you are looking for within the comparison.
Nowadays, it is with rarity you will find a canvas embossed with paint that holds much value. Many a pieces lie unnoticed on the streets of Paris, Venice & Florence have you, the great cities who have given birth to several maestros and fuelled their creative ambitions. Instead, digital streaks have taken the place of gentle strokes of the paintbrush. It is these very streaks that will define the face of art for this age, an age that too shall one day become a distant memory. Some may very well argue that it is not “real” art, however, the difference in opinion will not change the facts. It is art for the artist who has created it and for those who appreciate it.
You see my dear, if I have not already thoroughly confused you, I will state it clearly – it is okay to accept change; you should embrace it even. I would not advise that you disregard the past. I would have you see the past and present, as companions that are fated to walk alongside in parallels, yet fated never to cross each other’s path. Appreciate the beauty of things that have come to pass, the lessons they taught you and the good fortunes they brought. Learn to enjoy the present, be thankful for what you have got. Now make good use of these gadgets that technology has blessed us with, but do not depend on them at all. Burn your candles, and light your incandescent fairy lights. Write me a letter in your preferred blood coloured ink, on an ancient parchment paper let the words sink. If you write me an email, I will cherish it just the same – as longs as at the end it is signed with your name.
With all my love,
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To read my first letter to the stranger, please click here.