RED Hearts: Pieces of Me


Heartcollage RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today.

Today's RED Hearts post is from Cammi Henao, 15, of Chicago, Illinois, who writes about where she leaves her secrets:

I stumbled across The Little Red Heart Project while attempting to avoid my biology homework, and I fell in love with the entire idea of leaving a piece of your heart behind.

If you want to get involved in the project, it’s fairly simple: find some cardboard, cut it out in the shape of a heart, paint or Sharpie it red, write your secret and the website URL on the back, and leave it somewhere. ANYWHERE. Anywhere someone might stumble across it: the bus, the train, in between packs of M&M's at the 7-11, on a tire swing, in random mailboxes. It's all about writing to someone you don't know (or do know, if they happen to come across it) and sharing a part of you. 

The handwritten messages are usually secrets--that you may have, that a friend may have, or a general secret you believe everyone has. One of my favorites in the photo gallery on their site is “I don’t have much, but it’s great!”

I’ve been making and carrying around my little red hearts, and whenever I feel the need to leave one somewhere, I do. The liberation I have felt has no comparison. It's like I've left that secret behind, and that’s it, I’m done with it.

If you really want to know (and you're in the Chicago area), look around Lincoln Park: Borders, 7-11s, and the Armitage brown line all hold my secrets.

Red RED Hearts guest poster Cammi Henao is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which was recently published in paperback.