If you had asked me five years ago about making virtual friends, I would of looked at you like you were mad and wondered what world you were lost in. But now? Now, I have found out what they hype was about and I have made some really amazing friends through all streams of social media. Some people I have yet to meet, others I have met and each one is so dear to me that I cannot imagine life without the friends I met virtually.
I find the support networks amazing. Some of these virtual friends have been there for me more than the people I have known, in person, for many more years. I wonder what it is that makes the virtual world so different? I used to think it was easy to tell – vitually you are behind a computer, and you could be someone totally different to what you are in real life. But let me just say, that while there are people like that, the one’s I am fortunate enough to know, have only become more awesome over time. And the more the walls get broken down, the more I find that I have in common with them. Truly amazing.
I remember going to Cape Town for a *virtual* friends baby shower. I had never even met Pam but I knew that I wanted to be there. So I got on a plane and another *virtual* friend (that I hadn’t met either) came to fetch me from the airport. I had been friends with all these ladies for about two years or so at the time and it was so lovely to be surrounded by them in the flesh. Some I am still friends with to this day (this was about four years ago) and I know that we will be friends for many more years to come.