The word ‘love’ is a word I say and write about a lot. In my books, I try my absolute hardest to create a deep emotional connection between my characters by describing all of the tender, exciting, aching, heartbreaking, passionate elements associated with this four letter word. Hopefully, my written words will also evoke the sense of all of those emotions in my readers. In my everyday life, I find myself saying, and/or, writing that little word all of the time, too. Of course, I always say ‘I love you’ when I’m saying goodbye to my parents, children or grandchildren, other cherished relatives and my closest friends, whether it’s on the phone, texting, or in person. But, it recently occurred to me that I’ve been adding ‘love you’ or ‘love ya’ to a lot of my posts and comments on social media sites, too. Many of the people I’m saying ‘love you’ to are people I haven’t even met in person. So, am I using this special word, this emotionally-charged sentiment, much too casually?
In analyzing my use of this word, which is something I rarely do…analyze anything. I usually just stumble through my life blissfully ignorant of my good or bad habits, until someone else points them out to me. But, in this case, I noticed this habit all on my own. Wow. When this revelation of what most would consider extreme irrelevance hit me, I began to think about why I found it so easy to say ‘I love you’ to people I don’t even know outside of our little cyber world connections. I really don’t want to use this beautiful word in vain. Much to my relief, I realized I don’t. Whew. The people I say ‘I love you’ to on social media sites are people I truly do love in a different sense of this four letter word.
I have seven media outlets where I post everything from what I ate for breakfast to my deepest darkest desires, and there are some people who care enough to respond to my online craziness on all, or most of these sites on a regular basis, with words of understanding, encouragement, and lots of humor. Most of them, I have never met in person. But, we have connected on so many personal levels.
So, if I am commenting or posting on Facebook, Blogging, Tweeting, Pinteresting, chatting with you on Goodreads, Amazon, or any other media site, and I write that ‘I love you’ it is because I really do. It’s that different kind of love I mentioned earlier…it means you have touched my life in some very emotional way and made the time I spend online with you extra special. Thank you…you know who you are because I’ve told you ‘I love you’ and I’ve meant it.