Joseph Eli Smith (@josepheliiii)
Okay, so story time.
When I was 16 years old, I met someone over facebook. We became friends, we talked everyday and we were just so close as people as the months passed. Eventually, the person who I thought they were, became insanely emotionally abusive. They would guilt trip me, make me tell them what I was doing every second, and even threaten suicide over the littlest things. I didn't know what to even do, I was so young. I was only 16. I continued dealing with this relationship for almost a whole year. This person made me feel lower than any teenager should feel. I wasn't even a teenager at this point. I was glued to my computer battling with a possessive, insane psychopath who flipped upside down on me. I was trapped emptionally to this person because I loved them. One day, this girl told me she was ending her life because of me. I never heard from her again. To this day I cannot describe the way I felt. I did some searching, found a profile with the same name and photos as her, and sent a request. I messaged the profile, and discovered that the "real" person was dealing with the same exact thing. This terrible human being was playing two teenagers against each other. Some sick ass person was playing us on a string. We had no idea. We were just kids on the internet. The real person was dealing with the same treatment, except she was dealing with a fake account of me instead. After putting the pieces together we couldn't believe that this happened. Some psychopath who we didn't even know, knew everything about both of us. It's scary, it's absolutely terrifying. As time passed we just learned to deal with what happened and we've been friends ever since. Yesterday, in Colorado Springs, CO, her and I met in person for the first time. We've been able to see the "real" versions of us, with our own eyes for the first time. It's been 6 years since this has happened. Not many people know, but it deserves to come to light. This was a whole year before Catfish The TV Show even existed. I'm happy that her and I were able to help each other heal, and become real friends over the years. I'm glad that we can finally close that chapter of our lives. Thank you for everyth