I wasn't going to do a Love Thursday post today. I woke up grimy and grouchy and just plain angry, and it seemed like a real trial to think of anything I loved enough to want to rhapsodize about in a blog post. So I got up, made myself a cup of tea, sulked around a bit, and got online.
And then it hit me. I really love, and truly appreciate, the people I hang out with every day virtually. I've been in several of these "online communities," and they wax and wane and sometimes explode and then you have to go find a new one, but right now, I can't overstate how much I love the one I'm in.
I know this sounds weird to folks who don't do it. But you're just going to have to trust me. Imagine a place you can go, virtually, from anywhere, at any time of day or night, and almost always there is someone there who is awake and willing to chat you up. A place where a group of people, most of whom would probably not flock together in real life, due to differences in politics or age or region, who share each others joys and pains on a real-time basis. People who support you when life sucks and praise you when you do something good and tell you you're hot when you post your picture. What could be better than that? The only experience I've ever had in real life that came anywhere close to providing this much support and contact and community was living in a dorm in college. However, that came with a lot of really large drawbacks, like constant noise and communal bathrooms. This doesn't.
A lot of people are wary of "online friends." They may not really be who they say they are! Well, yeah, they may not. But people I know in flesh and blood have secrets and tell lies too, don't they? Human friendship, but its very nature, is risky. And it's also worth it. Way worth it.
So today, I want to give a Love Thursday shout-out to my online community, without whom I would feel very alone here. They're my rock, my shoulder to cry on, and the first people I talk to most days. I don't want to imagine life without them.