However, that doesn't mean that I want to stop being myself - even if it's a digital, byte-sized (pun intended) version of me. I am more selective in what I post or say on Facebook because I've learned (the hard way) that people will say more when there are computer screens between you, than they might be willing to say if you were sitting down face-to-face. It's harder (for me) to be quite as blunt (though not always - thanks to my quick temper, ah hem...) when I have to look in the eyes of the person with whom I'm (strongly) disagreeing.
So, this is your friendly reminder that behind those biting words on your FB status or blog is a real person who might be going through a whole lot you don't know about, or who might even be rather shy in real life, but feels safe to type things they wouldn't otherwise say. Be kind in your words as well, if there's any question as to whether or not you should type it and hit "send" - DON'T SEND IT. And be real - you'll never make everyone like you or agree with you, but that doesn't mean you need to change to avoid conflict. Do you like my soapbox? I certainly feel taller when I'm standing on it. ;-)
If you're still reading, hey there! This is really just for fun, and maybe you'll learn something about me that surprises you. :-) It got way too long in a hurry, so this will be a two-part series. Come back next week to learn 5 more things about me (if you care). :-)
Carrie's Top Ten Things You Might Not Know About Carrie :-)
- I have been called "Joseph" by my siblings for years (comes from me being the late surprise to my folks when my siblings were 13, 16, 18, and 20). As a child, it made me mad when they called me "Joseph", but as an adult, I laugh and enjoy it. I hope that if I were ever in as bad a situation as Joseph was, I would be as strong in my faith and convictions as he was. (Check out his story in Genesis 37 and 39-50.)