Talking to strangers 

Growing up we were always taught not to speak to strangers, however, talking to strangers online isn’t a new thing to me. It’s 2017, we all grew up with the internet. From the age of 17 to 23 I spent more time than I’m willing to admit in a chat room. When I first started going I would, like any 17 year old, cause shit. Be a pain the ass and piss people off.

I was really good at it too – it’d become something of an art.

It wasn’t your regular chat room. I can’t really describe it. It was such a close knit community. We were there for each other. I mean really there for each other when we felt like we had nobody else, as you tend to as teenagers. It was an escape from reality that we turned to so much- it began to feel like home at the same time. When you spend that kind of time in a chat room you, just like anywhere else, develop close relationships with the people you speak to.

I can only hope to build the same kind of exchange with all of you!

Fast forward to seven years later. I still have a handful of friends from the chatroom part of my life, who I speak to and see on a semi-regular basis. We float in and out of each others lives but it’s never anything but love. A couple of them I’d consider best friends. They know me inside and out. They care for me and my heart more than I do. That means something to me.

Before I was open about it, I used to think I would take my chatroom days to my grave. But I’m grateful to have found that outlet. My heart swells being able to say I have friends all over the world.

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