Open letters: For when you're too scared to confront someone via text but feeling ballsy enough to write an article and post it on Facebook when said person is on your friends list.
I am entertained with them sometimes. While repetitive, the open letters to family letters or close friends can make me laugh and there are brief moments where I truly do relate to the content.
And then I see an article on my feed titled "an open letter to my ex" and visibly cringe because it's anything from the truth.
Bottom line is that these are never honest. If you're going to attempt to roast someone on the Internet and get your last two cents and get your last "screw you" moment, then at least be genuine.
If I wrote an open letter to my ex, it wouldn't contain any of the cliche lines like "thank you for teaching me how to love" or "thanks for keeping me happy for the time that we were actually happy" and everything in that sort.
It would be ugly. It would have a lot of yelling and genuinely just things that shouldn't be broadcasted to the rest of the world, to be honest. Because some things just need to stay between two people and also because me screaming at my ex in a published article would look like an unorganized disaster.
The other adventurous yet cringe-worthy open letter is to the ex bestfriend. You never know what you're going to get with these because you don't know if they ended the friendship for years or for a few weeks over something minute.
One of my bestfriends and I hit a rough patch and didn't talk for months. Around this time, I just started writing Odyssey articles. If I decided to write an open letter two years ago and "thank her for showing me how a true friend is supposed to be" I think we would be laughing at the stupidity now.
I'm not trying to sound all adult here and say that "feelings change and this stays on the Internet forever." It does, but I don't care about that.
If you're going to write an open letter, be completely and absolutely brutally honest.
Rip the person that is ruining your life apart. Call them out for every single thing they did to you and make them know how you felt. Hold nothing back. Give nothing but complete and raw emotion.
Personally, I'd rather read a piece on someone telling a story about someone in their life screwing them over than some fake motivational quotes and some reassurance that you are "doing SO much better without them" because we all know that you obviously aren't if you constantly need to tell everyone on your friends list.
Honey, stop lying to yourself for a moment. Please.
When you are ready to attack your feelings head on while being ruthless and truthful to yourself, then you will actually be ready to read an open letter and U hope it will skyrocket.