You need to see the artwork pasted on most of the cards to get the full impact of the PostSecrets. But here’s a sampling of words:
“My older sister has tried to kill herself three (3) times. Sometimes I wish she’d succeeded.”
“I make up fantasy stories because my real life sucks. And now my fantasy life is starting to suck, too.”
“Sometimes I think that other people are reading my thoughts so I think to myself ‘stop reading my mind,’ just in case they are listening.”
“I know that sending in a stupid postcard to share a secret with a bunch of strangers won’t do a damn thing to change the daily loneliness and unhappiness in my life. And I sent this anyway.”
Here’s another article about PostSecret from The Telegraph of Calcutta, India. People from all over the world are sharing their secrets. Most of the comments at the bottom of the PostSecret page are positive, though one questions the weblog creator’s motivations.
A PostSecret traveling exhibit exists now; a stage production is in the works; a book surely will be published. But I don’t begrudge the creator, Frank, from publicizing the secrets beyond the Internet.
That’s what the people who sent in their secrets want: to not have them be secret anymore.