And today I am continually blown away by the richness of the community of people that I consider friends. The emotional support they provide each other, and me, is something I have, literally, never seen. Not in my own family, not with previous friends, and I'm not sure I was ever aware of it anywhere else in the past.
When I wake up and greet friends on irc, and Facebook, email and tinychat, google talk and twitter, text messages and so on. And from this moment forward, throughout the day, I am filled with elation and a sense of things being right and of there being hope; I feel elation and brim with affection and a desire to see these people again, to laugh with them, to live through these things we all go through and indeed cry with them.
I am so stunned, continuously stunned, that I could have lived and died without feeling these things or even knowing (many of) these people.
But, this is corrected. And I am joyful.