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An Open Letter To The Friends I Haven't Met Yet

I'm constantly hearing people say that internet friends aren't 'real friends' unless you've met before, but that doesn't change how glad I am that you've come into my life.

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One of the first things kids are told when they learn to use a computer is that they shouldn't talk to strangers on the internet. As you grow up, the threat of someone finding out personal information about you via computer seems to just disappear over time. Of course, you gain more common sense as you grow up and 15-year-old you aren't going to straight up tell someone your home address because you aren't stupid.

Sometimes these internet "strangers" end up being some of the best people in your life at the moment. They can be people just down the road in another city or town, or they can even be across the country. It doesn't matter how far they are, you bond over a common interest or experience. These are the people that you can talk to about that one thing that no one else really likes, or that nobody really knows enough about to have an in-depth conversation with you. These are people you become so close with that you can share any kind of meme, inside joke, story, or any other thing that you's share with any other friend.

This is a letter to those friends that I met not too long ago, but I feel like I've known for much longer. We live across the country from each other with just about a thousand miles between us (time zones are a pain), but it doesn't even seem like that far. We've bonded over a sport and a team and specific players, and we continue to find other things in common and introduce each other to new things every day. There are some of my favorite things now that I wouldn't know about if it weren't for you.

Thank you for introducing me to those various things. Thank you for coming into my life and changing the way I see certain things and thank you for giving me, a Texan, a place to talk about ice hockey, one of the most unpopular sports in my home state. I know I might not talk to you all as much as I'd truly like to, as life sometimes gets in the way, but just know that I'm so thankful for you.

Meeting a friend in real life or having not met them at all doesn't make a difference in how real friendship is. Friendship isn't based on how often people talk to each other or how far apart or close to each other people live, or how long they've known each other. Friendship is based on people deciding they wanted to be friends and then doing it. I am so glad we decided to be friends.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.
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“It's so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it, but suddenly, there right in front of you is everything you ever need."

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Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It's as if I wished up a best friend, and poof — you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn't trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Medders

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.

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From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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