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VIRTUAL HEAVEN - Still Here After Your Gone
Strange How Things Change
Funny how things seem to change after time passes. Time seems to bring on many challenges and changes because sometimes the world moves so damn fast and then one day you suddenly say, "I don't mind this anymore." So then you finally embrace it and it feels like "heaven" just opened up but what really happened was that you accepted that one thing that you promised you would never give into.
Now those of you who know me well may think I'm going to talk about LOVE. But what I'm really going to talk about is how the future and the virtual world that many of us live in today may be a blessing and not just a curse. I named this article "Virtual Heaven" because someone close to me inspired me to write about this. I wrote another article a while ago called "Virtual Death" but at that time it was based on "fear" and "panic" over the idea that so many of us lose track of our passwords! The panic came from the idea that if passwords are lost, how does content get removed from the internet after you are gone? But, after a recent discussion with someone who lost someone very close to them a few years back, I realized that maybe the internet is a good thing after all when it comes to death and remembering our loved one's.
Just think about it, if some of our parents who never had a computer were on one for many years...we may have been able to track stuff better. Maybe we would have seen more photo's of these loved one's if they posted them instead of digging through countless boxes after they passed or getting them from relatives so many years later. My father had so many amazing stories that would have entertained many readers and I think about how he would have written his blog and I giggle to myself. Now that would have been entertaining for sure!!! Then I think of my lovely Southern Grandmother and I see her blog right now. It would have been about yummy food and nice positive thoughts. She probably would have formed her own little "greeting card collectors group" or she would have posted her favorite recipes. Then I could go back to it over and over again instead of losing her postcards she wrote on. I always promise myself to put them back in the recipe box but once "kid chaos" ensues, things just get misplaced!
"Virtual Heaven" is really a place to visit loved one's who have passed and where you can look at their photo's when you miss them. It is good to know that photo's and memorabilia may never get lost so that future generations can enjoy them. No more digging through boxes or losing things during the stress of losing a loved one.
Sooner Or Later...
It seems that we will be the first generation to lose so many loved one's over the internet with various social sites that we participate in. I remember the time that I had known a fellow classmate had passed and she was on Facebook. We had a mutual friend and I knew her way back when but we were never close during our school years. I will never forget the feeling in my stomach when I saw her photo appear on our mutual friends Facebook friends list after she died. It felt so strange like I was living in a make believe world. I clicked it even though we were not friends on Facebook just to look at her photo and take this virtual world in. There she was looking so alive and posing with her boyfriend. Both of them looked so happy and no one could ever know that she had cancer. It was at that moment that I wished there was some way that Facebook could put a symbol that we all recognize or change the color of a person's page if they passed. I just felt that it would be the right thing to do. I still do.
Right now I have seen many of my school friends parents pass on Facebook with beautiful and loving tributes. Siblings sharing photo's and sending each other love in any way that they can. My sister and I often share photo's of family members that have passed. I sometimes post that I miss them very much...on Father's Day....on Mother's Day....on holidays. Now that social media has become a way of life for many, there is no need to travel as much anymore. We can see our friends with their families and life wherever they live. We can exchange ideas and recipes. We can make a person who is terminally ill feel loved even if they live far away. The years are going by so quickly and one day we will see friends pass on and they will still be up in Virtual Heaven. Come to think of it I would rather see them and be reminded of great memories then not see them at all.
And the one's that will be missed the most will be the one's who gave the most. Who took the time to post things to inspire and encourage. The people who shared their love with everyone else and always tried to help others too.
Those are the "Virtual Angels" that I will miss the most in "Virtual Heaven."
Hub Pages Author - GPAGE
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