cemiyet (n.)--Turkish for community.
I've gained a little community here on this blog, and it's been a life-saver. Because, I put real, serious issues on the table here, and you all actually give me advice. And you guys give me good advice, you really do! You are all my therapists. haha.
Some of you, I've "known" for over two or three years. Wow! Some of you, I've "met" recently. I truly value all of you. Who knew I could have this many online friends for this long? It's kinda badass.
So I wanted to take the time to blog about one of you (maybe once a week), so other bloggie friends of mine can get to know you better. And if I embarrass you a little, well...you're just gonna have to deal with all that blushing you're doing at the moment.
Ode to Ant
Anthony. Probably my most consistent, longest blog friend. He's an uber smartie. He knows something like 80 languages (you know, something to that effect). Always in the pursuit of truth and knowledge, his mind is open to other ideas and ways of life. I admire this mindset.
There is a quote: "Beware of defining as intelligent only those who share your opinions." I love this quote, and Anthony is an example of someone that tries to understand and learn from others, despite their different views on life. He has never made me feel less than who I am, for being who I am. He embraces differences, knowing that it is our incongruity that make us beautifully imperfect and unique.
And even past his character, this guy has a big heart, one that beats to the sound of poetry, and attempts to love openly. He looks at life like a philosopher, and has grand ideas about life and love, even after being burned by love. I hope to achieve this outlook on love someday.
Isn't it funny? I don't "know" Anthony in real life, but I've learned a lot about who he is through this little community of ours.
You can find him on my blog roll, under "Shakespeare Jr." or you can just click his link right here.