Dear Social Media,
I know you don’t know who I am, but I know you. In fact, I’ve been trying my very best to get you to notice me for the last year.
But I know I’m not alone in my admiration of you – there is something about you, your way of making people feel connected, which means that there are many others vying for your attention too.
But I wanted to take this chance to tell you how I feel.
For years I watched you from afar. I think I was too scared, like many people, of embracing you and letting you know that I wanted to get to know you better.
In fact, I’m still trying to persuade people that by being near you I’m not going to get hurt – and nor are those closest to me, like my colleagues, clients and friends.
I’m trying my hardest to explain to them that yes, although through your connections we may at some point encounter hardship – the odd bad mouth comment, or mudslinging match – that this is far outweighed by the positives our relationship could bring.
I honestly feel that as long as we have the right principles, and we handle our relationship the way that people should handle every relationship, then we’ll be fine.
People also tell me they’re worried about how much time I and others spend thinking about you. But I know that I need to invest the time in our relationship for it to work. I don’t expect to snap my fingers and have overnight everlasting love and success with you. In fact, in my eyes I don’t invest enough time in you. I’m trying my hardest to give you the time you deserve at the moment, but sometimes it’s hard with everything else that’s going on.
Ultimately, the negatives of us being together are far outweighed by the positives. At least if we are together for the right reasons, and we know from the outset what we both want to achieve.
You make me feel as though anything is possible, as though everyday there are new people to reach and something new to learn, to see and to experience. You’ve made me more creative, more able to think outside the box and be innovative.
But I also know that you’re not everything. Although I want us to be together I know that to make it truly work I must balance you with my over loves. I cannot rely on you; I cannot get you to carry the burden of all that I want to achieve for me and for everyone else.
And most of all I must be willing to except that you aren’t right for everyone; perhaps you are not even right for me.
But I think that if I proceed with caution, fully aware of your good side and your bad, then I truly feel that we can be successful together – that we can help each other achieve our dreams. Or at least make them that little bit easier to reach.