It’s easy to the outside world to under estimate the unique connection that is available to us online however sometimes within the social media arena it’s easy to forget that although we may or may not have met these people face to face the emotions we feel are the exact same as the traditional relationships we have. We feel love, friendship, happiness, laughter and sometimes frustration or even anger…just as life as we know it.
For me I have always felt like I was different and although I have always had many friends there was always that element of difference. So when I went to work on cruise liners it was like all of those people who “were different” in their home towns we all had that common ambition that drive and determination to make a difference…to be free. We felt at home, we felt understood. Over 1500 crew members from all over the world our up bringing were totally different but that didn’t matter because we had a mutual respect and understanding of what we were doing and why we were there. When I got home it was hard to settle back into normal life in fact it took years to adapt but it was still that feeling of finding people who understood “me”.
It’s that same feeling I get when I’m online because truth be told very few people in my day to day life actually know and understand what it is I “do” whether it be they don’t understand or they don’t care because they are not career orientated. So it’s that feeling of isolation and having that network to bounce off.
Social media brings all of these people together in life to brainstorm, to encourage and to support. You connect with people and you relate with people; some more then others, just like in life and its matter of putting yourself out there and building relationships, friendships and connections. Some people you will love some you will like and maybe some people you will loathe and that’s ok because that’s life and you take the good with the bad. But for me there is definitely more good then bad!
I have come to love the people I have connected with it is refreshing to have a whole bunch of like minded people to bounce off and they get it. It’s such a diverse range of people all with something to share and story to tell. Personally I love the support and for me it is very real and I am a better person for knowing these people, they allow me to grow and be myself. What more could you want.