My heart is happy today, and it’s because of Facebook.
You see, as many faults as FB might have, however much people may hate it, it does manage to do one thing. It helps you keep up with people you would otherwise lose touch with.
There are those that will argue that if you like the person enough, you would keep up with them. But, come on. That’s simply not true.
Look, there are plenty of people on my Friends List that I am not truly friends with. People I haven’t seen in over ten years, people I’ve never even met. People I would walk past and not recognize. Most of these people, though, I still like to see what’s going on in their lives. They get engaged, married, have a baby. They get a new job, take up running, lose 80 pounds. They go back to school, or realize a dream they never knew they had.
And I get to share in that a little with them.
There’s the sad, too, the loss of a parent, or a beloved dog, a house fire, or an illness that has a lasting effect. But I’m glad to know those things, too. Because these are people’s lives, and they matter.
What it comes down to is this: I love seeing the people I know happy. A friend who is so blissfully married it’s disgusting. A friend who just finished a half marathon, and by the way, looks *amazing* (seriously, did you drop 30 pounds?). A friend (or four!!) who have adopted and have the happy family they’ve always wanted. And today, a friend who got engaged.
My heart is grinning.