Who's Up For A Friendly, Consensual Internet Group Hug?
It’s easy to look at the headlines, at social media, at the news, at the weather, at *coughcough* the White House *cough*, and believe that we’re swimming in an ocean of excrement. Every is awful, or offal, or just fucking THE WORST. You know? And that’s not counting the daily struggles we all may face with work, school, health, family, goddamn HURRICANES, etc. The combined weight of so many things pushing us down. But there are rays of light. And if you’ll permit me to get uncomfortably genuine for a moment, I’d like to share one of mine. Ok, ok, I know what you’re thinking:
But hear me out. You see, it wasn’t long ago that I was setting out on a brand new life path, and feeling all of the confusion and insecurity that comes along with change. And thanks to a series of well-timed random circumstances, I found myself on the virtual doorstep of Pajiba.
So forgive me for being an epically uncool rookie, but whatevs. In my handful of months here, I’ve been witness to the intelligence, humor, kind-heartedness, weirdness and wonderfulness and righteously flaming fury of the writers. And I feel lucky! Seriously! These people are the shit. But more than that, I’ve seen you, the commenters, in action. I’ve witnessed a community of internet strangers support each other through depression and sobriety and that creeping miasma of helplessness that seems to pervade our every waking moment these days. And guess what? Reading your words and seeing your .gifs made it easier to look at the world and not see horror everywhere.
Your contributions to the conversation make me want to do better, react better, THINK better. In just a few months I’ve learned so much.
Look, it’s only Thursday, but this has been a garbage fire of a week and I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone, because that’s not something that’s said enough online these days. So thank you. We may be on the backswing of the pendulum at the moment, but it’s because of minds like yours that I believe the pendulum will swing forward again someday.
So can we just have a group hug party? Would that be cool? Maybe we can share things that make us happy at the moment? Stories of the good stuff in our lives? Or just funny .gifs and animal pics? I’ll start!
Here are some hugs:
Ouch, ok that last one might not have been a hug. Anyway, here are some fun things:
And last but not least… fuck it, I’m going with the DuckTales themesong again. CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP.
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