It’s so easy to listen to the horror stories of what happens online. There are many and they are scary. But then something like what happened on Sunday night to me, happens to you, and you get to see a different perspective.
When I wrote this blog post about my dad’s passing, I did so as a way to grieve. I also did so as a way to share with family, friends, colleagues, and parents about what happened, as I didn’t have it in me to take on the huge task of letting everyone know. I reached out personally to my closest of family members and friends, but what about everyone else? So, knowing the audience of my blog and my cathartic need to write, I composed this post.
What I didn’t expect was the huge outpouring of love and kindness from everyone I know … and even many people who only know me from Twitter and Instagram. I was overwhelmed with all of the offers of help, with the massive amount of support, and the many hugs — both virtual and in-person — that I received yesterday. If anyone wonders about the value of meaningful online connections, just look to this as an example. Yes, many of these relationships have started online and been further solidified by face-to-face connections … but the online interactions have been equally important and valuable.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to each and every one of you! These words come no where close to doing my feelings justice, but they are words that I have to say. You matter, and your outpouring of affection does too! With all of the negative thoughts around social media, I think it’s time to remember the positive. What about you?
Oh my goodness! I am both saddened to hear the news about your father and heartened by this second post. My condolences to you, Aviva. I agree 100% with the list of advice you gave, to value each moment with the people we encounter in life. And on that note, I am so happy to count you as a friend from first online and then later in person. I will be thinking of you.
Thanks Anne! I really appreciate that and definitely feel the same way about you.