Do as I Say, Not as I Do | Kate Byrne

January 5, 2015 7:08 PM

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I've talked before about how important it is to find someone you can talk to when you find yourself in a place you need it -- whether because you're drowning in all the all and/or in danger of hurting yourself. It doesn't especially matter if it's a health care or other trained professional, your closest friend, or a casual friend who'll "get it," the important thing is that you talk about it in some way, shape or form. The Internet can be a good place to go when you find yourself in need of someone to "listen." Yes, the Internet can be dangerous and angina-causing, but it can also be amazing. Not just the stupid memes that pop up -- guaranteed to make you laugh/feel/think (just as likely curse), but because it gives you a chance to reconnect with people you've known for years, but maybe weren't "friends" with before. Like the woman I knew when we were in high school and, thanks to the Internet, has now become a close friend.

I was a freshman when she was a senior. Our paths have been so different and divergent after she graduated high school. She enlisted; I went straight to college. She learned new languages; I worked in retail -- but yet here we are: each other's secret keepers. Our current friendship started on Twitt...

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