Earlier this week, I tweeted:
Seen somewhere — “We are a generation overly anxious to start writing our autobiography.”
Wish I could remember where I saw it or who said it, because I’d really love to provide more of the author’s context for it, but I’ll say a few words here about why it meant something to me.
My second son was born this week and after things had calmed down a bit, my wife and I had the conversation I assume is commonplace these days: “Ok, did we tell everyone we need to personally? Can we Facebook/Instagram/Twitter it now?”
So that tweet was as much about me as it was anyone else. I like to do those things. And I’ll continue to post autobiographical things for other people to read, because I guess I think they want to? Or at least, I want them to want to? I’m not sure it makes me a horrible person, but it does make me feel a little gross in that “too much pride is a bad thing” way. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t use Facebook and the reason I’ve joined and quit Instagram 3 times (I’m active on there now).
Anyone else feel that way about themselves? Anyone have thoughts or, uh, justifications that make you not feel gross about what/how much you share? Tell me below! Or tweet me or something!
ps. Mom and baby are doing great. 😉
edit: Thanks to Jeff Payne for reminding me the context of the premature autobiography statement, I missed the quote, but close: http://m.rollingstone.com/?redirurl=/politics/blogs/taibblog/michael-hastings-reporter-20130619
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