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    Default Want to support WAP and give incentive for more people to get involved, but

    So I found out about WAP at 17 and since I've been browsing through, waiting until I had a setting where I could receive letters from prison without causing issues. That happened about a year ago and thus far I haven't had anything but pleasant experiences. Not to disregard, however, all that comes with it.

    But I still think it's worth it and I have seen myself the positive impact these letters have on someone's life. I go to university, which happens to be an amazing setting to campaign, advertise and reach people. I want to give incentive for more people to write. There are so many inmates listed on WAP and far less people writing.

    The issue however is that even though I've always been aware that writing is a responsability because of the direct influence you'd have over someone's life, I only really grasped that once I had been writing for a few months. The last thing I would want to do is drag someone into it just for them to give up, hurt their pp, or walk away. More than that, you become heavily connected to the people you write (or at least most people do) so it can be emotionally very stressful, at times overwhelming. Maybe not for everyone.

    Point is, what does wap and its community think?

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    Kirsten's: Cheerful

    Default Re: Want to support WAP and give incentive for more people to get involved, but

    Hi Izzi,

    I don't think you (or we as a community) have to do campaigning for WAP. I guess, there are far more people writing to inmates than there are people writing on the forum.
    Whenever I'm online, there are many guests browsing the site - every time. And I assume that quite a few, though not all, browse through the ads, pick up a pen and write.
    Not that I don't think there could be more, but I trust that those, for whom it is sth. to try, will find out about it and make their decision and their experiences.
    I trust in the thought that people get attracted by what they resonate with. If I am interested in sth. I'll research it and make my decision if I want to pursue it or not or at a later time.
    For me personally it never worked out well to walk in directions others pointed me to with (unwanted) suggestions.
    There's a time for everything and when I'm ready, I'm gonna pick what's right for me.
    In my opinion this topic is more of a trust issue that thing will develop perfectly right by themselves, just as a flower unfolds by itself, if you plant the seed. You can plant seeds by what you do, but you cannot force the conditions to be right for them to grow.
    Don't carry the world on your shoulder, do what you as one single individual with unique abilities and limits can do and trust life to care for itself.

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    Sunnysideup's: Thinking

    Default Re: Want to support WAP and give incentive for more people to get involved, but

    Well said Kirsten...

    I could have done with someone like you when I was young, to say these things.
    "Light a few candles and burn a few bridges. Not everyone deserves to be a part of your journey."
    Pavana Reddy

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    Default Re: Want to support WAP and give incentive for more people to get involved, but

    ^^ What Kirsten said.

    I recently just turned 20 and I've been writing to inmates for a few months now - again, only ever had pleasant experiences. Like Kirsten said, there are a lot more people writing to inmates than there are on the forum, I've been writing for a few months now and only just joined the forum this week (mostly down to the fact WAP hadn't approved my email address but even so) - I'd been doing a lot of anonymous browsing beforehand.

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