"What is real?" asked the rabbit one day. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you, and a stick out handle?"
"Real isn't how you were made." said the Skin Horse, "it's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.
It doesn't happen all at once." said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time.....Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been rubbed off and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.
But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
This excerpt was from Margery Williams book "The Velveteen Rabbit".
It sums up perfectly how my friends have helped me "Become Real".....especially my cyberspace friends. Isn't it interesting what influences in our lives mould and shape us.
I love the person I have become.....I could never imagine writing that 5 years ago! I feel I have finally woken my soul.
So once again bless you my wonderful Internet friends for helping me "Become Real"!
"A friend is someone who helps you up when you're down, and if they can't, they lay down beside you and listen."