I’ve had many instances, in my adult life especially, where my many different relationships have crossed paths somehow. It always struck me as a strange phenomenon but I was reminded recently when my friend Linda [an online friend turned offline friend] set foot inside of my childhood home [a construct of my offline and former life as a child]. I mentioned this to her as I was having a deja vu-like moment (a la “Dude this is weird.”) and she related to it as it’s happened to her on occasion.
Not that it’s a bad thing for my various worlds to cross but it’s just strange…. Sometimes it reveals itself in a different manner. For instance, in 2010 when I graduated college and was looking into reducing my loan debt, my friend Amanda (who previously was only known as the friend of a friend) turned me onto a blog called A Story of Debt, written by a grad student named Ashley. Upon snooping I found her Twitter and flagship blog, Writing to Reach You. Upon reading her main blog I saw that her and Phampants were starting a group in which bloggers could learn how to vlog throughout the month of August (or #VEDA). From there I met and got to know more bloggers and vloggers that have spurred more online and offline relationships. And it didn’t strike me until last month to even introduce my friend Amanda to my friend Ashley even though Amanda introduced me to Ashley and by extension, my other online friends.
Is your mind blown?
Of note: when my ex met my extended family, when my best-online friend met my best-offline friend, when my best friends finally met my ex, each time my best friends stepped foot in my childhood home, when my ex-roommate met my extended family (they thought she was a girlfriend).