Yesterday, I was in a bigger funk than I’ve felt in a while. There’s a lot that combined to get me there, but I was pretty much at a “what am I doing with my life” spiral of doom. I was on the edge of tears almost all day, and just felt very…lost.
But this isn’t a sad tale. Instead, it’s a tale of why social media has come to mean so much to me.
After Jackson went down to bed, I hoped online as I usually do. My original goal was to do a little bit of work, then go either read a book or watch a movie that would make me cry before going to bed. There may have been some cookies and wallowing involved too. But of course, Twitter was there while I was working. I put a whiny little tweet up about how funky I was feeling (what, you DON’T share every thought in your head on Twitter?), and went on about my work.
And here’s where the story picks up.
Within minutes, I had people commiserating with me. I had people dm’ing me to ask if I wanted to talk it out. I had people sending me links to things that might lift my spirits. Within about two hours, I had a new perspective and the beginnings of a happier heart, thanks to the people inside the glowy box.
This isn’t the first time that social media has come to my aid. I’ve had people all over the world reach out to help me with first aid, meal planning, kid sleep issues, nursing dilemmas, pumping questions, work needs, vacation planning, and blog advice–along with my favorites of just talking to me, keeping me company and being my friends.
Whenever someone scoffs that social media is just a waste of time, I have to roll my eyes. Because this? This support and companionship and help? Well, I wouldn’t call that a waste of time. You get out of it what you put into it, and for people who don’t see this…well, they’ll never have a group of people from around the world lifting their spirits at 10pm on a Tuesday, all thanks to social media.
Me though? I’ll continue to love the connections that social media brings me. It all—YOU ALL—have made such a positive difference in my life, that I’ll always be grateful.
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