Yesterday Facebook celebrated 10 years since Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room launch of the social network, a business now worth more than corporate centenarians General Motors and Ford Motor combined.
And today it’s 2 years and ten days since my father died.
I never planned on sharing so much of my personal feelings on Facebook – like I did, from the time my Dad got ill – to his almost-survival from his illness – to the setback and final collapse on Monday January 23rd 2012.
My Facebook friends were there for me all the time. Whenever I reached out and opened up, revealing my anxiety and sorrow in a Facebook post, it was always followed by comforting words and people telling me they were thinking of me, praying for me – praying for my Dad – loving me.
Before this whole thing with my Dad, I must admit I thought Facebook was a bit shallow. I was keen on using it for my business, but in my personal life I swore to face-to-face communication, when talking to my friends on a deeper level.
I got wiser… what you give, you get back. In Real Life like on Facebook. If you choose to be shallow, that’s what you get. If you choose to open up and show people who you really are, you just get so much in return.
And when staying at a private hospital in Germany, the last week of my Dad’s life, Facebook was an easy to access channel for sharing and dealing with my feelings.
So thank you, Mark Zuckerberg, for through this difficult time, to make Life more bearable.
Peace & Love,
Aug. 18th 2012: Copenhagen Blonde was born on Facebook. The death of my father made me realize even more, how short life is. And that I’d better do something about my dreams right NOW.Thank you, dear Facebook, for your support when my Dad died,