We all know what it means to have friends. Friends are there to help you, provide support, boost your self-esteem and morale and make you feel that you mean something to someone. Imagine a child who doesn’t have any friends. As a result, they are depressed and feel worthless and hopeless. I have a confession to make. At one point in my life, I was that child. I used to go to bed every night crying, frustrated and wondering why no one wanted me. No words that my mom said could console me.
I was lucky that I did finally have two girls in my class who reached out to me and became my friends in late elementary. In high school, I indirectly discovered if I helped others by organizing social events, I could make more friends.
This week I’m marking my fifth Twitter anniversary. I’ve always said that Twitter has changed my life. I’ve developed friendships outside of social media over my life and I do cherish those relationships. However, Twitter has helped me broaden my social network and my social skills. I’ve received so much online support over the last five years for a wide spectrum of projects and advice. Indirectly, Twitter has helped shaped me to who I am today because I’ve gained the confidence to speak out and be myself. As part of my anniversary, I want to help others make those connections to friendships.
That’s why I’ve chosen to support an Alberta Boostr campaign that will assist kids gain the social skills to make and maintain friendships. Coach Apparent Ltd. uses Lego to teach kids these social skills. Its campaign still needs to reach its $5,000 goal. The investments will provide subsidies to kids who can’t afford the program fees. I know there are many places where you can spend your money, especially at this time of year. Coach Apparent’s campaign only has less than $500 to go within two days to reach her goal. Think about the impact you can have on a child’s mental health and self-esteem. It will go along way for them to build a successful future. As for my own friends on social media, thanks for the support and encouragement over the last five years.