This is a post that has been bumping around in the back of my head.
The landscape of communication has changed a lot in the past twenty years. I know that for myself, I went from handwriting in journals in the ’90s, to eventually splitting the majority of my thoughts between a public blog, Twitter, and Facebook account. I know this is an issue that we of the “older” internet generation — you know, over-25-year-olds — see with the tweens who now have open access to the types of social media we didn’t even dream of when we were twelve. Texting replacing talking. Facebook instead of slam books. Twitter instead of little cliques on the playground. There is no filter sometimes. We perceive our thoughts as so small that it warrants our friends’ attention, but if anyone else overhears, it’s just eavesdropping and no harm done.
We all use social media to let off steam… updating our statuses to vent about a day that’s going wrong, or lamenting something that we feel we don’t have the power to change. I’m right there with you. Last week had been a grumpy week for Elissa. This Monday was a very displeasing Monday. So even though I didn’t want to be a grumpy gus, I still got a little snarky, but I’m turning it around. Try to breathe. Remember, Elissa, you could be staring at the inside of a cubicle at that state agency you just escaped from. Some disappointing news delivered to your inbox is really not a horrible thing. Smile, eat a big bite of chocolate, exercise, hug the cats. (Maybe not in that order.)
I wasn’t always this way and it’s been a long and difficult road to try to change direction, mentally. [Read more...]