Things I’ve Learned Online

They always say “Don’t believe everything you see or hear on the Internet.” Of course, you never know if it’s true or not, because I mean… it’s on cyberspace! Who knows if the information’s false, or if, say, that picture of some new discovery by scientists is Photoshop’d. Hell, these days, with so much technology readily available at our disposal, things can easily be faked. One thing that can’t be faked, however, is belief.

I haven’t really talked much about my life online, but I’ve made really awesome friends with people whom I don’t actually know in real life. One person whom I’ve grown really fond of over the years (due to clans in the online gaming world of Territory War Online) is Jamal. Of course, I haven’t told him everything about myself, but I’ve told him enough for him to know me enough, and I know him too. We’ve seen each other on a community site called Tinychat. Yes, I know. It doesn’t sound safe at all, does it? Well, while I don’t know him in real life, I will say I can trust him enough for him to not stalk me. On the fact that he’s African American, so what? The stereotype that all African-Americans are… bad… is just wrong. We live in a sad society where stereotyping is orthodox way of seeing people. I’m not going to let that get in my way of having a very nice and congenial relationship with him. But anyway…

Of all the discussions we’ve had and the conversations I’ve seen him in, he’s been one of the few inspirations in my life. He’s helped me with my novel. But above all, we’ve had conversations about each others lives. Yes, life can be a b****, but sometimes you just have to learn to deal with it. But in other times, you have to carpe diem. I’ve always been a huge component of that (better than yelling out that “YOLO” crap :$). But there are times when you really have to stand up for yourself and do what you want to do. He’s one of the few people whom I’ve respected for that.

Lately, he and a girl named Ashley (I don’t know if they know each other in real life.) got together in a relationship. Being on a Xat chat box, I see them every day, flirting with each other, expressing their love. But today marked their four-month anniversary. And, to be honest, I’ve never seen anything sweeter. I mean, it almost makes me want to cry, not only to remember the emptiness in my heart because I’m not in a cute relationship like these people are, but the effort they put into their relationship. Now, of course, when Jamal gets upset, he gets upset. But the holes seem to always patch with effort, easily or not. From that, I learned to never give up.

 

Special shout out to Jamal (A.K.A. Jamz), my buddy: I wish you and Ashley nothing but the best in the future! Love you, bud.

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