Day 23: Thankful for social media, and the connections it's allowed me to make. I recently met one of the nicest, most kind-hearted people I've ever known because of FB and the many people we share in common. Jake is someone who truly "walks the walk" - a shining example of a true mensch (really good person) who strives, on a daily basis, to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone around him - even those he doesn't know personally. Whether he's making a friend's day with a simple gesture or helping put together huge fundraisers and toy drives (please donate to the Toys for Tots drive at La-Z-Boy in Warwick if you can!), Jake is just the kind of person you just want to be around, and he makes you want to do more, be a better person. Through blogging (even when I'm not actively keeping up), Twitter, Instagram, and more, I've met many so many amazing and inspiring people. Some I've yet to meet because they're all over the country, and some have become "IRL" (in real life) friends. In my travels, I've even had the opportunity to meet a few "online" friends and have developed connections I didn't know were possible (this often makes me sad because these are people with whom I'd spend all the time in the world if I could) I know that not everyone understands this concept, and many find it weird or even scary that I'd open so many aspects of my life to people I've never met in person, but for me, it's one of the greatest parts of social media. I only wish I could sit down and have a cup of coffee or glass of wine with so many of them!
Weird or not, scary or not, it's what feels good and right for me, and I will continue to do so, and in turn, hope to continue to be inspired and enjoy my interactions with so many incredible people near and far. There are still so many of you to "meet"!