Why did I fall in love with someone I've only met online?
That sounds nuts. Maybe it doesn't if you meet on a dating site or something, but it's not like that. I met this guy on a forum. He lives nowhere near me. He's not even that similar to me from what I can tell, but he makes me want to be a better person. I know that's vague and cheesy, but that's really how I feel. I've never met him IRL and it'll be a very long time until I do (nine months). I don't fall in love, which is why it strikes me as odd that I'd fall in love with someone I've never met. I know there are probably no real answers to this, but I'm just feeling very confused lately and it's unpleasant. I know that sometimes, falling in love can be wonderful, but it's not because he lives in England and I'm so limited in getting to know him any better. What's worse, he often talks about how lonely he is, that he doubts there is anyone in the world for him, and the way I feel when I read this is like being stabbed by a knife of empathy and sadness. I know he needs an IRL friend, and I always wish I could be there.
How could I fall in love with someone I've never even met, and why?
What can I do to feel better?