I tell someone that I hope they feel better soon when they’ve caught a cold. I tell someone how much I love their outfit. I say a massive hell yeah to someone who has written a tweet we can all agree on. I tell someone how cute their cat/dog is. I let a blogger know when I’ve commented on their newest post. There’s just one thing – I’ve never met any of these people.
I’ve come to grow very fond of online friendships. Social media can be a lovely, friendly environment to be a part of. There’s always somebody you follow and who (or whom, which is it Ross?) follows you that has your back. People you’ve never met give you so much support, encouragement, love and genuinely care.
I have come to value online friendships in recent years. Having Cystic Fibrosis means I cannot physically meet other CFer’s due to cross infection rules. Social media became my life saver early on in my social media (I want to say) journey. It meant I could speak to CFer’s online without the fear of cross infection and super bugs (I’ll explain that one another day). We help each other, give each other advice, sympathise when someone is going through a tough time and cheer each other on when we get cracking lung functions. I get a huge chunk of my strength from the encouragement of other people with CF. I will always love them for that.
Blogging then came into my life a few years ago and I made a whole lotta new friends and seemed to have created myself another supportive network away from CF. Blogger’s are some of the friendliest people on god’s earth. The championing I’ve received and what I give to other blogger’s is unreal. Blogger’s work bloody hard and it’s so important to recognise the hard work each of us have put in to keep readers happy and content.
I also need to mention Liverpool fans. Following people who share the same passion and love for the football club is something else. We cheer together when they’re winning, sweat through the nervy moments and feel meh when they lose. I love LFC fans, they’re an incredible bunch of people.
People say that the internet, namely social media has overruled our lives. To some perspective, yes. But like I said at the beginning of this post, social media can be a harmonious, peaceful and happy place. It’s up to you. Unfollow the toxic people, keep social media platforms and feeds a happy and inspiring place to be.
Online friendships is something I’m sure we can all appreciate. Some online friends I’ve even met in real life which is great as it’s quite nice to put a voice to a profile picture.
Continue to value online friendships, they’re honestly some of the best friends you’ll make in your lifetime.