childhood musings, internet 

Someone my age shared something on social media that she's glad the internet exists but also that she's glad she grew up without it.
We got internet in 2000, I was 12. And honestly I don't know what kind of person I would be today if it we hadn't.
Opened up a whole wide world for me. As someone from a smaller village inhabited by lots of narrow-minded people... I'm very glad I got to see an alternative to that growing up.

childhood musings, internet, livejournal, trauma 

I also think it was pretty important for me to find other people who felt similar things to me.

I was an active livejournal user and at some point I realized that pretty much everyone there were processing some kind of trauma. Divorce, death of a family member, mental health issues, family issues, bullying. Everyone was seeking refuge.

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childhood musings, internet, livejournal, death of a family member 

As someone who lost a parent, you can feel pretty alone.
The average person in your school class just wouldn't get it and wouldn't know how to handle it (thankfully for them!). So talking with people who are just happily living their lives in their intact core families just never got me anywhere.
I'm convinced the internet and its communities had a good part in helping me through this.

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