I Have The Coolest Friends
I have to admit, I was inspired to make this post by a WoWInsider Blog. I’ve already sort of wrote about this here, and here. And maybe even here. But I haven’t really made a big picture general “I love you guys” post.
Before WoW (and even before the internet), I made friends the old fashioned way. School and work. And friends through friends. That was it. Being the shy introvert that I am (yes, really!), I have a small circle of “real life” friends. Then the internet came, and I made friends through chat rooms and other sites. I married and divorced one of those people. I became good friends with others – who crossed the realm into the “real”. One of the earliest “Chats” I used was a 2-D chat program called The Palace. We had cheesy avatars and “rooms” with cheesier backdrops. One of the first friends I made in Palace was April who lives in Florida. When my ex husband and I took a family trip to Disney World, we met her and got to hang out with her. We ended up losing touch over the years, sadly.
Then there was “Pooh”. I adopted him as my big brother. (not in the legal sense) He lived in MA at the same time I did, about an hour away from me. We ended up both divorcing our spouses at the same time, so we had a lot of “misery loves company” moments. We would get together drive out to central MA for the best ice cream in the world. Or we would take rides up to Hampton Beach, NH for the best scallops in the world. He suffered from bipolar disorder, and I’d have to say I saved his life more than once. He ended up moving out to the midwest to live with other friends we met through Palace.
When I picked up WOW, I kept in touch really with only 2 people from that old Palace chat. Pooh and my other “big brother” Pat. He was one that could always make me smile, no matter how sucky life became. He lives in NYC so I got to hang out with him at least twice a year as well. When I joined WOW, I joined the first incarnation of <Broken>. Since DGF was a small guild that was mainly a bunch of guys living in Boston that were RL friends of my boyfriend at the time, we all got together for bbq’s in the summer. So I guess you could say some of them were the first “WoW’ people I met in real life.
Since then, I met 8 of my MT guildies. So far! Two of which are no longer part of the guild. But getting back to the original post, why do we even need to classify “Real Life” friends and “Internet” friends? Is one type better than the other? Just because I haven’t seen all of you face to face doesn’t make you any less friends with me. We spend so much virtual time together, if anything you’re “more” friends than those I met outside of the internet. I spend that much more time with you. We share a lot (some more than others lol). And we genuinely care about what’s going on in each others lives. We congratulate marriages, new babies, new pets, new jobs, etc. We also commiserate when things aren’t going so well. I feel no less a part of your lives than other non-virtual friends. And you’re no less a part of my life than my non-virtual friends. Friends are friends. We’re all human. Nobody’s truly made up of pixels that resemble Yoda or a cow. So why make the distinction at all?
I ❤ you guys!