The way you add on SparkPeople is different than other social networks, because on others you are either "friends" with each other or not after you BOTH accept. On SparkPeople each person can just add whomever they want without it being mutual. So I just add people whose stories motivate me and they can either add me or not. Because at the end of the day it is about YOU. So do what motivates YOU. If someone adds you, you are not obligated to add them, but you can if you want to remember their page because they posted things that you relate to or make you feel good or whatever. If you see a page that get you SUPER pumped, I would add them, because there are so many people and teams on here that you may never remember which post you saw them in or how you got to their page to begin with. At least that's kind of how I think of the adding process on here.
I've been here almost 5 years now & I can tell you you will meet people you may never meet in this life, but if you're fortunate as I have been, a few of those will become very special to you! I have 3 or 4 that I know, a couple who are family, but they are not my greatest supporters. I have 3 Spark friends who have been around for about as long as I have, and they have encouraged me to keep going when it got tough.
I would love to meet them in person one day, but we are from different parts of the country.
SP is a wonderful support group-we are all in this together, so feel free to add as many friends/supporters as you like! Feel free to add me to your list and we'll tackle this getting healthy thing together!
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My opinion regarding the "friend" request/acceptance on SP (which is different from other social networks) is you are letting that person know I want to remain connected to you through SP for support, motivation, as a resource, etc.
The same way you may meet some one and say "let's keep in touch." That is how I see it. I have been sparking on and off for five years and I have not met any of my SP friends in real life but they have been down in the trenches with me and dried my tears.
And who knows...maybe you can go to a SP convention and meet some of your on-line cheerleaders/supporters in person and develop a real-time friendship.
I don't know anyone on here (in real life) so is it weird to "friend" people on here that I do not really know? I like to read other people's journeys etc....but I don't wanna seem out of place. Thoughts??
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