I am a quarter of a century old.
10 years ago, I made a post on Facebook asking my new high school friends to bring me a balloon in for my birthday! It was probably the most extravagant birthday I ever had haha. And you know what? Almost every friend who gave me a balloon didn’t share a class with me. How thrilling to know that someone “far away” cared?
I have never been one to make a big show for my birthday but I think about how carefree I was back then. Carefree enough to ask online for a gift. That youthful spirit in me freely explored my interests, which were thrifting at Goodwill, walking through gutted forests (homeless camps), drawing really weird things, and flooding my online profiles.
We always talk about how social media and the internet is ruining our lives, I once fell into that thought. I have had my fair share of hiatuses (spending months/years offline). The truth is, people are people and will always be people. Someone miles away who you’ve never met in person will show love while others from everyday life will pass on by. Because people are people!!! NOT because the internet.
I hate to get cheesy but I must say, connection really is not about distance or proximity. It’s about the willingness to show somebody that you care about them… AND nurturing the bond that forms from sharing your humanity with someone else.
I am 25 years old today. 10 years ago, I made friends by using social media to ask others for balloons. And today, I signed my first business contract with someone who I met online.
Oh, yeah, my birthday gift to myself was to start my own business!!! HEHE
I won’t be asking for balloons anymore, instead, I am looking to connect and share my humanity with you through this entrepreneurial experience.
I wanted to say I appreciate each and everyone of you who felt I was worth a moment of your time. Then, now, or in the future.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”