"Although I have felt compelled to write things down since I was five years old, I doubt that my daughter ever will, for she is a singularly blessed and accepting child, delighted with life exactly as life presents itself to her, unafraid to go to sleep and unafraid to wake up. Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss."
- Joan Didion
I love a good quote. Quotes are just words, after all, and as a J.K. Rowling character said, "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." Those Joan Didion words do the magic of making me feel more at peace with some of my anxious tendencies.
Tendencies which make me so happy to live in the age of the Internet, and to have found my Internet People.
Some of the people I'm closest to in life have more in common with the former breed, those "blessed and accepting" people, and therefore may not have the same need as I have for Internet People. My older sister, for instance, someone who has always been cooler than me, is a little too well-balanced and social to spend time searching for online validation. And my younger sister, while good for nerd-ing out with on Harry Potter and such, is also a little too cool to spend as much time on the Internet as I do.
We need people in our lives who are our opposites, people who have different opinions, different strengths. But it's also nice -- during say, an election year -- to find your Internet People. They are the people who read the same books and watch the same shows as you, who give you relief during a Presidential debate, who root for the same team as you. And they may not always be the people who you're sitting next to on the couch.
When something is happening in the world, like the release of an Adele or Beyoncé album, an election, a tragedy, I need to know what my favorite Internet People are saying. I know I will find comfort or clarity in their opinions, because they are usually the same as mine, and they can usually articulate them better.
I love my Internet people for their observations, insight and sass:
And YouTubers who you wish could be your IRL best friend, who challenge your ideas and make you think, and whose creativity inspires you: