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I found close friends in one of the unlikeliest of places and I’m still so grateful

I never thought I'd meet my soul sisters on a social networking site, but I did. Our mutual love for music brought us together and our perceptiveness has kept the bond intact till date.

When I first joined Twitter in 2012, I purely did it out of curiosity. I wanted to see what the fuss was about. I wanted to see why almost everyone I knew was joining this social networking website. I never in the wildest of my dreams thought that I’d end up making friends here.

Little did I know back then that I was opening myself up to a whole new world and a whole new life itself.

It merely started with me tweeting about my interests, which slowly and eventually led up to finding like-minded people with mutual interests. We started talking, sharing, and really bonding over something we both loved.

It merely started with me tweeting about my interests, which slowly and eventually led up to finding like-minded people with mutual interests. Click To Tweet

Soon enough, it went beyond that. I found someone who lived in the same city as me on twitter and we exchanged numbers. Hours of texting/talking on the phone led up to our meeting in person after 5 months of finding each other on twitter.

It was honestly a little scary at first because a part of me was sure I was going to be catfished, but another part of me, probably the relentless optimist had hope that this might just be the start of something new – and so it was.

There was that day, and there’s today – the girl I met on twitter almost 6 years ago is my soul sister, my best friend, my confidant, and my everything today.

There was that day, and there’s today. The girl I met on twitter almost 6 years ago is my soul sister, my best friend, my confidant, and my everything today. Click To Tweet

We’ve been through the worst of our times together, we’ve passed out of school, she’s watched me graduate college and I’ve watched her get into law school. We’re fully acquainted with each other’s families now and we’ve expanded to each other’s friend circles too

It’s honestly something I couldn’t have dreamt of – even in the wildest of my dreams.

And that’s not all. I’ve found not just one, but multiple friends in a place I’d least expected to. Of course, this hasn’t come with its own shares of fears and insecurities but somewhere along the way, we’ve created a safe space for ourselves.

When I say “ourselves”, I mean the people who’ve chosen to be a part of Twitter and not held back on making friends there. We’re almost like a community wherein I’ve seen myself and others find people who either like the same band as us, or the same book series, or even on the pretext of us being feminists and having the same ideology.

As a writer, I’ve become friends with writers from all over the world on twitter who (for a huge part of it) don’t even write for the same genre that I do, but we bond over the fact that we’re writers – and that’s enough.

It’s been 6 years since I first joined Twitter in 2012, and there was that day, and there’s this day – I have more friends on Twitter than I can count on my fingers – some I talk to on a daily basis, some I don’t talk to for months but eventually, and in due time, we catch up.

I have more friends on Twitter than I can count on my fingers - some I talk to on a daily basis, some I don’t talk to for months but eventually, and in due time, we catch up. Click To Tweet

So many of them have been my 3 am friends on more occasions than one. They’ve helped me get through the worst times and stood by my side (to the best of their capabilities).

Not everyone understands this though.

Half the time people think I’m delusional and seeking attention by making friends online. The other half is that which often assumes that I look for an escape on twitter because I’m unhappy with my actual friends.

And while people are allowed to have opinions of their own, the truth lies in the fact that I have amazing friends in reality and on twitter. And I’m grateful for every last one of them.

I absolutely cannot have anyone invalidate my twitter friends all because I haven’t met (some of) them in person.

Because the truth is, that they’ve been as helpful as the friends I’ve met in reality. They’ve been there for me when I wasn’t there for myself. They’ve reinforced my faith in myself that I so easily have lost sight of, a number of times.

I absolutely cannot have anyone invalidate my twitter friends all because I haven’t met - some of - them in person. Click To Tweet

Just because I made these friends in an unlikely, unconventional place doesn’t make them any less important or valid and I’m so thankful to have been blessed with such amazing souls in my life.

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Arushi Tandon

Arushi Tandon

Graduate in Sociology honours from the University of Delhi. Cries over Harry Potter and BTS on the daily and brainstorms about destroying systematic forms of oppression simultaneously.

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