Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Digital Friends are Real Friends Too
Friendship is really important to me. I write about it all of the time. I wrote about friendship in "Not Even There" and I am writing about it as I revise my novella "The List of Five - Part 1: Genesis" For some reason, deep friendships always seem to find their way into my writing.
But here's a little secret...
I have always been the type to have few friends.
I'm an introvert.
Always have been.
It's not that I don't like people. I do. Genuinely. But I have always been a little awkward with people, like I don't quite belong anywhere.It's kind of a weird feeling because I watch other people interact with the people in their lives. As I watch I think, why can't I be as loose and carefree as them? It's a strange feeling.
So it is really exciting for me when I meet someone who isn't worried about my awkwardness, and really just wants to be my friend.
Some of the best friends I have met, I have met online.
I have a friend who is so great to hang out with online, that I wish I could do so every day.
I have another friend who makes me laugh like no other.
Yet another friend makes me always want to be better, personally and professionally.
And many, many more.
The catch is that they are all online. I have never met any of them in person.
I guess all I want to say is that if you need a friend, open your eyes and don't forget those who are reaching out to you online. And if you can be a friend to someone online, please do. Be kind and show them that you care. It may be the difference for them when they really need someone.