On the Internet
I love the internet. I really do. This draws quite a lot of opprobrium from the "popular" (who have always looked down on nerds and introverts) and from the fine, upstanding and rather technophobic pillars of society (who, like most people, fear what they don't understand, and I guess this newfangled internet thing is a bit much for them). Strangely for righteously angry little me, I don't really care. The fact that most of the people who look down on me for liking the internet couldn't live without their phones doesn't hurt either.
I love the internet because it connects me to the people I wish I knew. It expands my knowledge and lets me reflect deeply on what I think I understand. I am far more honest with myself and others there, far more reflective; it brings out the best in me, which isn't what you'd expect but, for me at least, it's still true. I'm also a hell of a lot more sociable; part of that's because I get more of a choice as to who to be social with, which I don't get in the wonderful real world. People actually treat me as an equal, not a child or a pet or something to be hurt for fun and laughed at, three things which have made up most of my existence. Twitter, decried for being pointless, stalkerish, stupid and narcissistic, saved my sanity, and the causes I found on the internet educated me and fired me up. With the internet, I know there's someone out there fighting a fight I can join; without it, I've got work and more work and little way to channel it into something that helps others. With the internet, I know that there'll be at least one person out there who understands me, but without it, they're rarer than unicorns. With the internet, I can learn and change; without it, I'm having the same arguments over and over again. With the internet, I'm a full person and equal to others; without it, I'm treated as less of one. I might as well fade away and not exist. That's no sort of a life.
The internet is my link to the rest of the world, the way I know there's something out there to live for and people who make me smile.