Thursday, January 22, 2009

All Hail the Internet

Taken after a March snowstorm

I really need to get out today and find something to take photos of. I am reaching far back into the reserves today. I haven't felt very inspired lately but I decided I need to grab my life by the balls and take charge. Today I am going to actively look for photo opportunities even if they are only in my own yard.

Jim from Irregularly Periodic Ruminations mentioned to me today how amazing it is when we connect through blogs by sharing similar experiences. That got me to thinking just how amazing the internet really is. Ten years ago I had barely jumped on the internet band wagon. Twenty years ago I don't even know if I knew there was an internet.

Nearly eight years ago I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. I was scared beyond belief, believing we were done having children I found myself pregnant. Just recently moved to Minnesota I had no family of my own here beyond Shawn and the children. He has family out here but they are scattered everywhere and we really only see them on holidays. For all intents and purposes I was here nearly alone and pregnant. Then if by chance I stumbled upon an AOL hosted message board for pregnant Mothers due in December '01. Those women turned out to be the support system I so desperately needed. I could turn to them with questions and get real life honest advice. I could lean on them if I needed support and I found in them friendships I desperately needed during the time of transition after I uprooted myself and my family from the only home I had ever known and transplanted all of us twelve hours away from where I really wanted to be. I was desperately depressed at that time and I believe those women saved my life.

As in real life friendships grow, change and some die. I have lost touch with many of the women I cherished all those years but there are three of them I could never let go of. Candice, Carolyn, Melissa and I have never met in person but those three are among my closest friends. I don't believe there is anything I couldn't tell any one of them or anything I couldn't ask any one of them for that they wouldn't go out of their way to try and do for me.

Candice had cancer a few years back but she is a fighter and she beat the hell out of it. We have watched Melissa start a home based business and cheered her on every step of the way. We have laughed and cried with Carolyn and her joys and struggles to raise EIGHT children all the while suffering from a life sucking disease.

Fifteen years ago I would have never had the opportunity to "meet" these three women that I can't imagine having in my life. So I agree with Jim. It really is amazing.

12 comments:

Kat January 22, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

I love all the people I have "met" on the internet. Although I may never see them in person, sometimes they are a great support for me.

Debbi January 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

internet friends are the best, because they likely hear your TRUE self.

I have some great people I love through blogging or other internet connections. And, like you, 10 years ago, I don't think I knew how to even USE the computer, let alone know what the 'internet' was.

Bobby G January 22, 2009 at 10:51 AM  

As far as the internet goes, it changed my life, thanks to PORN! lol

Carolyn January 22, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

Thanks for making me cry beeyotch!!
Love you lots and lots.
Your buddy pal

Blue House Soaps Blog January 22, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

Wow - eight years. A lot has happened in that time, thanks for being there to share it all with me. You know I love the internet - aside from you 3 ladies, I also met my husband via the internet: )

Kate January 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

I met Karen through the internet.
Changed my life for good. :o)

Cat January 22, 2009 at 1:23 PM  

This post kinda makes me wish I'd never met you. You know, so I could be one of your Interweb homies.

Julie January 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM  

I can't remember how I "met" most of the people on my blogroll or on twitter or wherever. But I wouldn't give them up now, and I was saddened by the several who have given up the blogging.

I was also surprised by how much I feel for my internetty friends when they have bad news or good news or exciting news or desperately horrible news.

Bobbie Leigh January 23, 2009 at 6:49 AM  

I'm still meeting people over the internet throug blogging. Even though I started last September, I am still trying to figure it out. I'm a slow learner...

Chris January 23, 2009 at 1:07 PM  

I agree. Totally incredible how the friends we meet, but never actually meet, can have such an impact on our lives.

Heinous January 23, 2009 at 7:06 PM  

Well, you already knew that I agreed ;) The friends I have made on the internet are some of the best I've ever had. I don't make any distinctions.

only a movie January 30, 2009 at 5:18 AM  

I agree. I have met some of my best people in the world online.

:-) - Thanks for stopping by!

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