I Am Awestruck by the Activerain COMMUNITY!
Many of us are "addicted" to this site-and can't quite figure out WHY. We all sometimes let things slide....the wash can wait, the dishes will still be there as we sit and blog and comment for hours on end, often times until we are bleary eyed.
Years ago when I got my very first computer it came with 10 free hours of Prodigy. I didn't know what Prodigy WAS--I only knew that I had one month to use it. My friend who came to set up my computer asked me what my "Screen" name should be.
I didn't have a CLUE what he was talking about! At the time I loved to fly (how things have changed : ) and came up with the name "flybyme." What did I know? Just before my month was up, I signed in to Prodigy and stumbled around-and found message boards.
I was shocked. People were speaking from the heart on all times of issues they were going through with others coming back to post their thoughts and cheer them on or give them some useful advice. It kept saying "LIVE CHAT" was coming but I had no idea what that was. Until it came-AND CHANGED MY LIFE.
I found myself one day in "The New York Room." In a day long before pictures were on the Internet, we signed on every evening at 9pm from all over New York. We chatted-and we made friends. Real, TRUE friendships with many of them lasting to this day.
My name was eventually shortened to FLY. One day someone suggested we all meet; there were about 70 people that came into the room by then. This person suggested that he could rent out a place on Long Island for $50 per person-and if we wished to go we should send in our money...made out to him.
Many were skeptical. I had just made a new friend from that site who was married, had children close in age to my own and lived in the next town. We decided to meet one day at a diner-and had so many things in common. We are still friends to this day!
Not knowing what to expect, we sent in our money and when we arrived we had name tags. We HAD NO IDEA WHAT ANYONE LOOKED LIKE AND WE DIDN'T CARE-WE ALREADY KNEW THEM from our "chats." For several years we had regular parties with new people joining and I went to them ALL.
I thought I had lost those days forever when Prodigy became a business site. Most of us lost touch-some of us stayed in contact but our party days were gone. I thought I would never find an online site like that again. One that people literally became true friends on.
It is many years since Prodigy is gone but Activerain is just a larger version. While the internet has evolved, we are still PEOPLE--and this incredible place provides friendships; real, TRUE friendships. If you wonder why you're so addicted to Activerain, it's not just BUSINESS. It is the wonderful community that was established by some incredible people. I am SO grateful for Activerain which still allows me to be myself-and allows real friendships to form.
*This post is dedicated to my very first friend from Prodigy who is facing some health issues. She is the most postive person I know. Be well, Sue. I know this community will join in my prayers for you because they truly CARE.