I’m a pretty private person—that’s no secret. I don’t usually like to tell people things right off the bat, no matter how close or distant our relationship is. I’ve been this way for a very long time. I’m clearly trying to change that a bit, since I publish my thoughts and share it to places like Facebook and Twitter where my family, friends, and countless strangers can see everything. And I’m okay with it. Let the people know. I have nothing to hide.
Well, almost nothing.
I feel like if I specifically didn’t want my family and friends, and the countless strangers on social media to know information about me, I wouldn’t bother posting about it. If I’m going to be that private about something, why share the information on the World Wide Web – you know, the one place where people all over the world can find information about you? I feel like that just make sense.
If I want to write something down just to get it off my chest, I can write it in a personal journal, or on the Notes app in my phone, or even talk to my dogs about it.
But like I said, there isn’t much to hide, so I’m not sure what I would try to hide from some people but wouldn’t care about others seeing. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way that selectively telling people information will hurt. It’ll hurt those who weren’t told, and it will hurt me because those people will attack with questions. Just like my man Justin Timberlake sings, what goes around, comes around. I’d rather not tell anyone information that I don’t want one or two people knowing, because word gets around faster than STDs.
This is no apology to anyone, because I haven’t regretted much in my life, but I’m well aware that information gets thrown around once it’s been put out in the open. Whatever you see on here, is open for anyone to see or discuss. I don’t mind it.
This is majorly a coping mechanism for me anyway, getting words out of me, so I can lighten my brain up a bit. I need it, with all the crap swirling around my head 24/7.
It’s just nice to have a say sometimes, to show others that they’re not alone. To prove to myself that I’m not alone. And just to enjoy writing.
That said, I am a private person. Maybe that will change, maybe it won’t…but at least I’ve got something to do in the meantime.
Prompt: How do you manage your online privacy? Are there certain things you won’t post in certain places? Information you’ll never share online? Or do you assume information about you is accessible anyway?