Not in Kansas anymore.

I don’t know how I have made it this long without running into this problem. And it’s not even really a problem, it’s more of hurt feelings. I have been on “da webz” since 1998. That’s when I made my first foray into this brave new universe. With this amazing technology, I also found forums and chat rooms. That was the beginnings of what we now consider Social Media.

The relative anonymity of sitting behind a computer screen allowed many barriers to come crashing down. Suddenly it didn’t matter if you were popular in high school, if you wore the right shoes, or you had money. All that mattered was that you liked green shirts, and I liked green shirts, and we both belonged to “Green Shirt Lovers” group in Yahoo. We could bond and form friendships over what we had in common rather than be judged by what we didn’t.

And I loved it.

In the 13 years I have been hanging out online, I have apparently been an anomaly. I have found support and friendship at each turn. Forums? Chat rooms? MySpace? Facebook? Twitter? And now Google+. At each stop, I have found and maintained relationships that continue to this day. They are nothing short of amazing.

Maybe that is why this bothers me so much. Recently there have been a few unkind things said about me. I don’t know if I was meant to see them or not. I rather think I was. The remarks were made by people who have a limited glimpse into my life and have made some negative assumptions based on that.

I try to live each day to the best of my ability. I treat others as I wish to be treated. I do my best not to judge anyone. I try to have sympathy for those in need, and joy for those overcoming. I know we all have off days and we all have amazing days. When I make a friend, I am a friend. I will be your greatest champion and biggest defender. I will stand beside you in good times, behind you when you need support and in front of you when you need protecting. That is who I am.

To know that someone out there thinks unkindly of me really bothers me. I am trying to let go and move on, but my feelings are still hurt.

Do you ever run into this? How do you handle it? Advice?