70/365 – Meditation Games #70 – Flowery Conversation
Launcher Quote: “a flower starts to bloom”
Some of my best conversations have taken place online, from the comfort of my own home, with someone that I genuinely enjoy talking to. When this happens, it feels like the time flies, with exchanges going back and forth and shared jokes and stories mingling with deep conversations that created bonds that rivaled or exceeded my closest friendships that were exclusively offline.
Today’s little entry gave me the impression of this kind of deepening online friendship, fast forwarded to take place over the course of a flower blooming in the background with night and day moving faster and faster until a fade to white. In the course of playing the game, you create a ton of emoji and symbol-filled exchanges with the person on the other side of the laptop, and the exchanges become more complex and frequent the more time is taken. It’s a bit of a microcosm for how people forge bonds online, and how the domain of chat is a big part of that, as words, jokes, and good times fly and time passes.
In the end, what I think we’re being presented here is another validation that knowing someone online exclusively for the most part isn’t lesser than actually being around someone that you talk to locally or see on a regular basis. With the advent of the internet and communications, as well as livestreaming and video chat, it’s become less and less of a difference to know and be friends with someone across the world than it is to be actually around them. Some of the best friendships I’ve made are the ones that started out as ones that were forged with a laptop, a chat client, and someone who wanted to get no sleep like me. It’s also a reminder that such friendships have just as much chance of lasting longer than it takes for a flower to bloom, and be just as meaningful.