The internet is an incredible thing. It’s given us some amazing things we can’t even imagine living without, such as Google, Shazam and, of course, Tinder. Okay, we could definitely live without Tinder – but that’s beside the point (it is a great source for laughs). These things are fantastic, but they aren’t my favourite things I’ve gained through this amazing cyber world.
The internet has given me the amazing opportunity to share my writing and my passion with so many incredible people in countries I had never even heard of (sorry Brunei and Bosnia) and allowed me to connect with vast amounts of people I have never met (and didn’t force feed them the link to this blog). However, the most important thing that the internet has given me, as dodgy as this sounds, is friends. Some of the most, actually probably the most, important people in my life have come from the internet. I suppose that reflects our modern society. We spend the majority of our lives with our eyes glued to the screen of our laptops or our phones or iPads. So it makes sense that we’re communicating with not only people we know in real life but also with people we have never met. And I, for one, am so happy about this.
Two years ago, I met my best friend on twitter. At first I was a little sceptical as to whether this girl, who had Harry Styles as her icon, was actually a teenage girl (I’m not going to lie, Harry Styles was also my icon at the time). But two years later, I can safely assure you that she is in fact a 17 year old girl and one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure to meet in my life.
The people you meet online might not be there to go for a movie on a Friday night or go shopping on pay day. But they seem to be there for you when no one else is. They’ll be there when you meet a boy your friends don’t like but who you think is better than fresh thick sliced white bread with Nutella. They’ll be there on Skype or FaceTime to help you pick outfits before your first date and send you makeup tutorials to calm you down. They’ll be there when you have sex for the first time and you’re too embarrassed to tell your friends due to shame. They’ll be there when he breaks your heart and you don’t seem to have any real life friends around to eat ice cream with. So they’ll caps lock you about how you were always too good for him and how you’re so much hotter than his new girlfriend. They’ll be there through the ups and downs of your parents’ divorce…and them getting back together again. They’ll be there when a photo you took goes viral and you watch the RT numbers rise and rise together as you regret not watermarking it and vow to always watermark until the day you die.
The friends I’ve met online have really been the glue that has held my crazy life together in the past few years and I don’t know where I’d be without them (probably more messed up than I am, to be honest). I’m not saying that you should go gallivanting around on social media posting personal information everywhere (unless you’re really rich and you send me your bank account details). This is about the amazing people you will meet online – while being safe, that is.
The first time I met Phoebe I cried, and then I cried again when she left, feeling as if she had taken part of me away with her (only to see her a month later – 1200km is nothing to us). The first time I met Eliza she bowled me over in the middle of Queen St Mall and I cried a little bit (but only because Phoebe was with her as well). And when they left, it was as if two pieces of me left with them on that plane back to Canberra. It was okay though – we bought matching anklets (which we all proceeded to lose nonetheless).
Through parental sickness, boy band splits (RIP Jonas Brothers), Harry Styles’ new girlfriends, new favourite bands and new experiences, you’ll stick together.
To Phoebe, my first ever internet friend.
To Eliza (who kind of got dragged into this nonsense that is my life).
To Sarahs (1, 2&3).
To Jasmine (my first real twitter fan, and the most hard-core girl I know).
To Pip and Riley.
To each and every one of you I tweet and talk to on a daily basis online (and didn’t have enough space and time to list you all). I love you and I think you’re fantastic. Thank you so much for being in my life (and for tweeting about this blog.) Thank you for making my dreams come true.