Wow 10 years that is extremely long. I am so sorry for your loss.
I wish you the best of luck and hope you find someone as close as him to talk to. You can PM me here if you need someone to talk to.
There is a guy I'm talking to currently and we've been talking for almost 5 months almost daily. We are now best friends because we both enjoy each others company daily. I would date him but distance is the main issue. I wish my friendship with my friend will last as long as yours. And my other friends I've met online.
Thank you and to PEMike if that was directed towards me, though I wasn't playing a sympathy card, simply describing an experience in relating just how far an online relationship can go. That experience just happened to be what I went through, the important part being that we got that far from just an early AOL chat room. Life eventually cheated us, such that I lost him just as we were were making plans to locate together. On a boat; while I was shopping that. You never know what tomorrow will bring or take away.
Nor where life will lead you. You make decisions either all on your own or by what's left you by circumstance, then ride it out and see where you wind up. But I think online is not only perfectly valid but opens new opportunities for people to get to know each other. It's fraught with some dangers: lack of learning and practicing social skills, pathological liars fooling people, etc., so you have to watch both yourself and watch out for them. But even offline are similar issues.
I wouldn't let distance be an issue because personal distances are so much wider than geographies. I suspect, given some of the
different attitudes I've noticed online these days that some kids would have issues with being in an open, long distance, long term relationship. To my mind that's the only way to play one. Monogamy if you're into that can work at close range. But I'd tend to not put that constraint on a long distance relationship. The hallmark of such a relationship is trust and loyalty, not jealousy.