Aw baby I’m sorry, I definitely understand this. I think we ALL see these other people on Instagram, Tumblr, Youtube who seem to have it all, sometimes I’m thinking “All these people are having so much fun in Thailand and I’m stuck in Indiana, most of my friends are out of the state, I don’t get to wake up and spend my mornings surfing/laying on the beach, why does everyone else seem to have vegan friends but me” but then I stop and think. Do I know everything about the people on the internet? Lol no. There are so many things about people that we don’t see, and a lot of times those are the negative things. So it’s easy to get sad and upset when we see the highlight reel of other people’s lives and think That’s what I want, when in reality it isn’t the COMPLETE vision of the person’s life.
And on the subject of making internet friends - it can take time, and will usually happen when you least expect it. The friends I’ve made online have always come from random things when I was just commenting my thoughts or trying to send something positive to someone. I personally think it would be very difficult to make a friend solely through Instagram. I think Tumblr is the best platform as you can message each other and reblog things from each other. Keep at it on social media, though. I made my tumblr over four years ago (wow) and it’s just recently been getting more followers, I’ve just recently been connecting with people more! So don’t give up, ok??
As for feeling trapped where you live - SAME. I don’t like Indiana and I want to be somewhere warm, tropical, more exciting. I decided a long time ago that I don’t HAVE to stay here for the rest of my life. And I’m not going to - my goal is to move to California after undergrad and/or possibly Hawaii! I’ve decided those goals are GOING to happen eventually no matter what. I will be living in California or Hawaii. Saying it like that makes it a lot easier to handle being in Indiana for the last few years, and the next few years. Knowing that it is temporary, knowing that this is the time I will use to be with my family and grow as an individual and get an education. Then, I will be FREE to explore the world and hopefully meet even more like-minded people as there will be more vegans in California and Hawaii than there are where I live now. Set a goal for somewhere you’d like to travel/live, and make it not just a dream but a DECISION. Therefore, you will be serious about making it a reality and will be able to live your life knowing that soon, you will be in an environment more suited to your needs and passions