SO when I tweet something and these amazing people who have such an important role in my daughter’s upbringing go ahead and like, reply to, or retweet something I’ve posted, it just makes my day. And my week. And my month, and even my year! The fact that these wonderful people who are in the limelight and have made it in their chosen field take the time to recognize the young people walking in their footsteps and their parents (like my daughter and me) makes me so happy.
So why, getting back to my initial thoughts, are Social Media and IRL connections with these people so important? Because my daughter is growing up at a time where real life and social media blend in such a way that it is sometimes difficult to make a distinction between them. Celebrities lives have become so much on display that people feel like they know them, inside and out. But I grew up at a time when average people did not have these personal relationships with celebrities. If you wrote a letter to a star and they wrote back, that was a pretty effing big deal! But I had the benefit of working closely, over the course of my life, with people who were idols to some, be it NHL players, comedians, musical artists, etc. And I thoroughly cherished each one of those connections. I have fond memories of time spent chatting over coffee or a couple of beers, walking around the city in the middle of the night, playing pranks on other people in my office, pouring over albums to find good photos to send to family members, etc. some of these things happened 20-25 years ago, but their memory lasts forever.... So when Simu Liu or Eric Chong replies to a tweet and we banter back and forth, or takes the time to chat with me and my family when we come to visit, it means so much to me, and to my daughter. These individuals are her idols. And mine too.