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I can't change how others see me, or think of me. Some approve, some are bemused, some don't quite know what to think. That's the nature of this electronic gathering place. I am putting myself out here every day -- just like you -- and dealing with the consequences of my daring to interact with others. It is our human nature, reckless though it might be.

Sometimes it's hurtful or frightening to do this, but for the most part it is a joy and fills me with gladness and a great sense of community and belonging. Belonging in this most impersonal of all media, imagine that.

Whatever you might think of me, I know that I'm not a threat; not the sort of a stranger -- that most primitive and innate of all human fears -- that manifests into a nightmare. I understand your caution. It's a scary world. You have to protect yourself -- I would counsel anyone else to do the same.

And in this cold crowd of strange friends, with all your defenses raised, I have still made you smile.

Bravely we wade into each new day and forge ahead, mostly forgetting how terrifying it is to stop and think of the risks. But onward we go, answering some deep, inner yearning to explore and mingle with others like us.

And here I made you smile. That's is all I have ever wanted.

Peace

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