Like all things people come and go. I have been a gamer for a long time and have always enjoyed games that rely on making real connections online. The hard part is those connections are real and the people you connect with become your online friends. What does online friendship mean to you? For some they are trivial things that are worth less than the sentence needed to make them. For others these connections are as real as they get and more so because they may be the only connections we make on a daily basis.
I live most of my life as a shadow. Living in a neighborhood that isn’t demographically kin to my skin, I find I make connections better online. I always have. Introversion isn’t a disease and isn’t a lifestyle. Being an introvert is just who we are and how we feel. It is as a part of us as our skin, only we wear our introversion internally so that no one can see it. It only appears when people try to dig beneath the skin and get to know who we are. That is when our skin becomes a shell and we turn within.
My outlet, my connection has always been online. The tapping of a keyboard is my heartbeat and the people I meet online have always been just as real to me as the roommate that steals my food from the fridge. Whether it is on an online poker table, on a Starcraft battlefield, or interlinking between our blogs, those are lifelines to me and to the type of social scene I live for.
Who will remember you when you are gone? Some bloggers come to write, to opinionate, and to share with others. Some people just want to leave a few words behind so that people know we were here. That we once ate and breathed blog by sharing our concerns, fears, and tears with the world. I write daily for that purpose. I do not blog to inspire or to motivate people. I blog for myself and I believe we should all be here for ourselves. What we get from spilling words, images, phrases, and pages is why we return. It is why we blog.
One day we all move on. Bloggers come and go like seasons. They fade, but their words do stay. What will you leave behind for people to know you existed? So many bloggers I have known have already answered that question as they have moved on. It makes me stop and consider what I am building and what I want people to remember me for.
Jason C. Cushman