Each day, laptop and children permitting, I’ll share a prompt that’s been on my mind, and a few of my thoughts.
You are welcome to share your own perspective in the comments, or just journal it out!
What about yourself do you curate online?
Notice I didn’t say, “Do you curate yourself online?”.
Perhaps, that’s unfair. Feel free to correct me as needed.
But, a couple of weeks ago, I scrolled past a reminder on social media: “This is not real life. Even the ‘real talk’ and the vulnerability is very carefully crafted.”
It struck me, and I wondered, “Do I do that?”
I’m all about transparency. I’m all about pajamas, and cake, and how what works for me might not work for you. I try to open up, but it got me thinking, “What do I edit?”
Well, I’ll attempt to tell you, crafted though it may be.
Religion: While I always hope our page points back to God (God is love), I never created this platform to talk about religion. I do, and that’s because it’s very difficult for me to edit such a large piece of my life out of this work. But, many times on the podcast, I share experiences that get cut, or I ask Joe if I was too “preachy” before leaving something in. Don’t get me wrong, I love my faith, but I also believe all things are spiritual unto God. He works with me to tailor my approach.
Clingy: I stress about this attribute, and not just online. I feel like I’m constantly holding back from jumping the gun: I need a friend! Do you? I’d rather seem casual… What’s up? I usually have plans on the weekend, but let me see what I can do. The truth is, when I mention “friends”, you can generally assume it’s either a fellow podcaster who is secretly my bestie, a comment I heard in passing, or my family 😂 – who I will love forever.
I curate other things. There’s a lot that isn’t my story to tell. There are things I try to protect. And I re-write. I’m not extremely witty or well-spoken in person. In fact, I’m pretty quiet until you get to know me. So there’s an added level of confidence.
I try not to say things I wouldn’t say face-to-face. But, I have more time to think about my responses, and that’s nice.
What about you? Do you curate yourself online? Do you appreciate having the option? Do you value authenticity? How would you describe authenticity?
However you do you, here’s to loving and expressing our whole selves – even as it’s a work in progress.