Sunday, January 11, 2015

F.R.I.E.N.D. R.E.Q.U.E.S.T

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Friendship is such a give and take relationship. As the saying goes - you cannot choose your family but you DEFINITELY can choose your friends. Facebook has changed the concept of friendship. Now we have online and offline friends. It’s funny actually - the way you start with, 'Thanks for accepting my friend request" to pouring your heart out in the wee hours of the night.  I have often wondered why? Do we trust strangers more  than we trust our own friends in real life ? Or has the thin line
between reality and probability been erased?

When I say friendship, I don't mean flirting, affair or sex talks - I just mean friendship - in the pure form that it exists. A friendship between two women from different strata of the society - who have never met but are bound now due to the same interests they share. I've thought about this many a times. Frankly speaking, when I tell my other half about it - he doesn't understand. He is not a Facebook fan.  Then one day he asked me  whether I am running away from reality or hiding behind a virtual world. It was supposed to be a joke but it got me thinking. Am  I ?

Why do I have such close friends in the Facebook? I cannot share a Starbuck moment with them nor can I cook a potluck during the weekends. We share only few things... blogs, comments, visitations, shares and Likes. Has our virtual world taken over our reality?

No. But this is one world we cannot share with the loves of our life. My friends don't understand why my mood is off, if a writer's block has taken permanent residence - I cannot make my friends understand what I am going through, but when I tell it to my virtual writer friends, the difference in their reaction is heart-touching. Moral boosting, pep talks and the right push – they all join to see that you gather up the right words. 

Maybe I am going away from reality - but here I do have friends who think like me, share the same views and visions and aspirations. As we play with words everyday two words are becoming a small world by itself - Friend Request. 


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