For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in other people and their minds. It's fascinating that every person you see - whether that’s a stranger passing by the street, your neighbor, perhaps even someone close to you - experience and see the world in a different and unique way. I like to think of people’s minds as their own individual little universes - each worth discovering and learning about. It's this love and curiosity for the mind that has driven me to join Postcrossing - I love to get little windows into strangers’ all across the world lives and minds.
Talking specifically about postcards, I prefer not to get touristic multi-view cards, but that isn’t a rule - I'm happy with all postcards I get, as long as there is something written on them. However, if I had to give recommendations, here are some things I really love:
- Art and illustrated cards
- Wild animals (birds, foxes, wolves and big cats especially welcome!)
- Domestic cats
- Fantasy (dragons, elves, etc.; media such as LOTR, HP and GOT; video games like The Witcher, Skyrim)
- The Little Prince
- Botanical cards
- Snakes, other reptiles
- Natural landscapes
- Pretty architecture
- Vintage fashion
- TV series (Dr Who, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Vikings)
- Indigenous people and people in traditional/folk attire
- "Dark" cards - witchcraft, ravens, skulls, anything lovecraftian, etc.
- Postcard boxes: Bibliophilia, Yuko Higuchi, Women in Science, One Hundred Writers in One Box, Animalium, any of the USA National Parks cards
- Anything that you think I would love (my favorites wall is for cards that I haven’t received but find very pretty)
Sometimes we don’t need much to express ourselves through a card - maybe it's a quote you like, your favorite song, poem or whatever feels right for you - I appreciate it all. However, if you're out of ideas on what to write on your card, you can always write a folk tale or recommend some music from your country, write the meaning of your name or explain why you picked the card you're sending. Any words or sentences in your native language are welcome too!
I'm studying psychology but I love trying out the waters of philosophy in my free time. I'm introverted and I love to go on long walks in nature, listen to the birds and think. I read a lot too, mostly classics (Franz Kafka is one of my favorite authors), fantasy and sci-fi (I love Tolkien and Frank Herbert!) and books on mythology - I think myths and folk legends can tell a lot about how we perceive and understand the world, and what ideas have shaped societies into what they are now. Most often you'll find me listening to neofolk music as well (e.g. Heilung, Wardruna).
I also love animals, a lot. My best childhood friend was a very smart cat that I miss dearly to this day. There's something so beautiful and pure in the bond between man and animal (which is why I love hearing about others' pets!)