There is something interesting – almost empowering – going on at least in my life.
Ok, ok, so I spend a lot of time on Facebook. Not much on other social media but I’m going to venture to guess that it is pretty much the same.
Turns out that I have a lot of “friends” from a wide range of countries. As in all over the world. No I have not actually met them…but there are several that I would love to! Honestly though, in the truest sense of the word many of these people have become friends.
Oh what a fun trip I could have traveling the world and meeting these wonderful, wonderful people! People that I honestly feel lucky and privileged to be able to call friends.
So I had actually begun writing this post the other day but sort of got side tracked. I came back to it today because of a posting that a “friend” of mine shared…which I of course had to also share.
“Your cellphone has replaced your watch, camera, calendar and alarm clock.
Don’t let it replace your friends and family.”
It is true that our cellphones, computers and other electronic devices have replaced many other things in our lives.
And I so very much agree that it should absolutely not replace your friends and family. How terrible would that be?
Yet at the same time our electronic devices have allowed us to meet people from all walks of life, from all corners of the world. Our cellphones have allowed us to learn what life might be like for people in other parts of the world. We have the opportunity to now see the beauty that others see in their world.
But one of the interesting things, at least for me, is to realize that my country (the US) is certainly not the only one that is going through their problems. And by that I mostly mean political. We are not the only country that has the crazy politicians who think they are better than everyone else, when in fact they may be worse than everyone else.
Having these friends from all over the world has also made me realize how little of the world many of the people I know in real life know about the world. They don’t understand (and many don’t care) about things that go on in other countries.
And yet, what I see from these online friends is how much they know about the world they live in. Not just their own country but of other counties…especially the US. In fact many of my friends in other parts of the world seem to know and understand what is happening in this country better than many people living here do.
Some things that take place in other countries could actually benefit the US if we attempted them. One thing I love is that in Australia there is a huge campaign going on to help eliminate domestic violence. I love the campaign and yet I see nothing even close to it going on in the US.
And I wonder how many of my “real life” friends know that it is election day (October 19) in Canada? They are our closest neighbor and yet so few people know anything about that country that is so very close to us.
Yes, cell phones and other electronic devices have replaced oh so many things in our daily lives. And no we most certainly do not want our phones to replace our family and friends. But in many ways our lives can be enhanced by the internet and the new friends that can be made through various activities.
Those friends…and yes they most certainly are friends…that I have met that live not only throughout my own country of the US but in all parts of world mean so very much to me. I do cherish those friendships as I do believe many have grown into true friendships. And personally I can’t wait for the day that I somehow am able to meet these new and wonderful friends of mine.
What about you? Have you made some friends online that you would love to meet in real life some day?