Over the last six months or so, I have been spending a lot of time on Twitter and on the sources that are re-posted by fellow tweeters. I have come to value and respect many of the sources, as well as the posters. I have engaged in exchanges of opinions and ideas with many interesting and thoughtful people. I have commented on topics and have learned a great deal from the responses that people make. I look forward to reading the tweets of friends and reading their blogs or the resources they post. I enjoy reading the “following” lists of people who intrigue me and always find someone new to learn from.
For, to me, the Twitterverse is like a large school filled with teachers and learners of all different levels, and I fit in there–somewhere. No one tells me that I don’t have the credentials to forward an opinion; although I am corrected swiftly, and sometimes, painfully when I get something wrong. But it’s always worth getting correction because I don’t usually know I’m wrong.
You might ask me, “what are you learning on Twitter?” I would tell you that I am finding that people all over the world are more alike than different. We love our family and friends. People love their pets and consider them members of their families. People around the world love music and many, many, many people play one or more instruments. We like to cook and grow our own food. Most of us consider our world to be beautiful and want to preserve it for ourselves as well as the animals and plants and other life that it supports.
We want clean, water, air, soil, and we want food to be grown with respect for what it provides us and in a way that contributes to the betterment of the soil, not the destruction of it.
We want our kids to be healthy and grow up strong. We want to give them a good education, including an appreciation for what it means to be human, an appreciation of the arts, the skills to work in a meaningful job and the knowledge to participate in their own political systems. Some want their children to participate in a specific religion; others don’t want them to participate in any religion.
Some of us like to write; some like to sing; some like to paint; some like to camp; some like to climb mountains; some like to explore the oceans. We like to argue about many things. The list goes on and on.
And who doesn’t like an opportunity to meet with friends to have a coffee, a drink or some food and discuss the latest world events or things that have happened to them or play cards or joke with each other, watch the game or discuss the last one. Who doesn’t like to meet someone new and learn that you have much to share. Companionship is a vital part of most of our lives, and, wherever we go, we can recognize it.
I can’t go too far from where I live in a physical way; but I can travel the world via Twitter and all the friends I have made and the friends to come. I look forward every day to visiting on Twitter and learning something new about the world and those with whom I share it. I hope I contribute, even a little bit, to the conversation in a way that makes others look forward to reading my tweets, too.