I'm so relieved the world appears not to have suffered some kind of conniption and imploded.
I feared it was a very real possibility.
See ... yesterday, I discovered that readthisandweep
is a real person. I really real, enormously fun, and very wonderful person — of course I knew the latter part already, but the former was open to doubt until the two of us actually met. It was such a relief that she didn't dissolve into computer-generated particles when I hugged her!
It's made me think about how the way we develop friendships has evolved in recent decades. The media is full of complaint about how we've forgotten how to communicate face-to-face as a result of social media, texting and emails. Yet the friends I've made via Livejournal are as real and valuable to me as my 'real world' friends.
Proof in point: the friendship Carol and I have forged over LJ translated effortlessly into a wonderful day spent talking about writing and sharing life stories over scones and toasted muffins, of companionably exploring Glastonbury's shops, and admiring the various crafts and shiny things on display at the Faerie Fayre that prompted our meeting in the first place.
I even have evidence of the two of us looking tousled outside one of Glastonbury's shops (though I do wish I was more photogenic!)
Just imagine how it would be if all of us who chat regularly over LJ could one day get together in person ...
... then the world really would implode!