Monday, December 5, 2016

Open Letter To My Catfish

Catfish,

I normally ignore random DMs from strangers on Instagram and Facebook, but I was surprised by a sudden influx of messages lately. Amidst a now daily, deletion and block flow, I came across a message from a kind stranger who decided to forward me the online dating profile you created. 

Upon seeing my actual photos and reading the false and insulting information you wrote about me, I immediately felt disturbed and violated. It's quite clear that you created the profile with the intent to put me under a negative spotlight and tear down my self-esteem. 

I honestly don't know what I did to make you hate me, but I'm sorry that it lead you to steal my photos and pretend to be me on an online dating site, with the hopes of ruining my reputation.(From the moderate accuracy of the online dating profile, I'm sure you actively stalk me on social media enough to eventually read this.)

I'm sorry that you're filled with so much hatred that you take time out of your everyday life to focus on what I'm doing with mine. I don't know what type of reaction you were expecting from me, but all I really want to say is I forgive you.

I don't know who you are, but even if I did, I want you to know that I don't hate you. Despite how much you dislike me, I could never hate you. I truly feel sorry for you. Emotions are hard to control and can make you do crazy and out of character things, but I do hope you find peace. 

The most important entities in my life are intelligence, empathy, and kindness. I hope to be an example for anyone who reads this and unfortunately experiences something similar. Do your best to treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are mean to you. 

XO,
Denise