What a wonderful world the Internet has opened up to all of us. I have met so many wonderful people while sitting at my keyboard - people I would never otherwise have had the chance to meet.
I think what I like most about meeting people over the internet is that I am able to get to know a person without all the filters I normally use, such as looks, where they live, what they do for a living, bad habits, and on and on and on... I've found that by the time I get around to finding out the details, my friends' heart and soul and true personalities have already shown through and the warts just don't matter. One of my best friends was an "old hippie" who continued to smoke marijuana until he died. In real life I would have run the other way, rather than become friends with a "druggie". What a shame that would have been. I have another friend who is an alcoholic. Again, in real life I would never have gotten to know this wonderful person because of all the filters I use.
Of course on the internet people lie and take advantage of others, just like in real life. I've had it happen to me and I know others have had it happen to them. On several occasions I've sent people money or paid their ISP bill so they could stay online. Only once was I "burned" by doing that. If a person is lying or taking advantage of me, it shows eventually and I chalk it up to experience and move on. Overall the good experiences have far outweighed the bad.
I don't chat very much anymore. I guess it has lost its magic for me. I feel bad about that because at some level I feel like I have abandoned people who I consider friends. But my heart is just no longer in it. Nowadays when I go into a chat room I feel like a stranger who has happened into a party that is in full swing - or I feel like I have entered a morgue because the room is empty... Yea, I still miss my buddy Pete lol, no matter what time I finally came online, he was there waiting for me.
This has been a rambling blog, prompted by reading other blogs. We are all dealing with real issues in our lives. We've been sharing each other's happiness and sadness. So, thank you my internet friends. Even though I'm not online very much anymore, I hold you all dear in my heart.