If you had asked me 10 or 15 years ago whether or not a person could fall in love with someone they had only talked to… but never met in person, I would have said that was crazy!!
However, with the dawn of the internet age, it happens every day. And I am not just talking about falling in love with a “mate”, I am talking about falling in love with people. Just people whom you are lucky enough to call your friends. It is an interesting thing to me that people whom you have never met (in person) can be so dear to you. I have met so many people online that while I have never and may never meet them in person, I feel I have known some of them for years. And some of them I have! haha! I can see their faces when they talk. I can hear their voices. Even if only because I am reading words they have typed on my computer screen.
They mean various things to me. Many of them I have grown to love. Not in an intimate or sexual, lets get married and have babies way, but in an all out I trust you, you are a fabulous, caring, there when I need you kind of friend way. That to me is, for lack of a better word at the moment… AWESOME! Now don’t get me wrong, I have for sure found people that I would rather not know, but I guess that is bound to happen no matter where you are. Internet or not.
I am so blessed to have such great friends in my life. Being in Arkansas right now and away from all of my family and friends is very difficult. If it weren’t for the internet, instant messaging and webcams, phones and text messaging (oh lord that is a whole ‘nother blog) then I would go crazy in this state! But now I even have a slew of friends that I have met online. Some of them I have even met in person. Some of them I have even traveled to, to meet in person. They are amazing people! ALL of my friends are amazing. I am so lucky.
I used to be embarrassed about the time I spent on the internet with people I had never met face to face. When we were in Wisconsin, I would sit overlooking the lake and play internet poker, drink beer and laugh my ass off conversing with dozens of faces I was never to see! I would listen to my iPod at dangerous levels, many times till the wee hours of the morning! And I had a BLAST! And the funny thing is, I really do reflect on that time and wonder how those friends that I made at the time are doing. I wonder if they still play online poker. Do they still giggle at the same silly jokes that we used to? Is that weird? I once thought it could be, but not any more. If you think about it, MySpace, Facebook, blogging… they are all pretty much the same thing. Connecting people via the internet for entertainment. We all do it. Maybe in different ways, but we all do it.
So I feel better knowing that I am not weird. And take pride in knowing that I have made some fantastic friends over the years. I love that part about my life. I didn’t even realize until recently that it was ok to be happy about that part of my life. And that I can actually call it part of my life. Because it is. A big part. And it totally rocks. 🙂
Anyone want to share any stories about their internet experiences?