The first Tweet I ever sent was in January of 2009, “wondering if i’ll actually use this thing…worth a shot.”
That was far from my first post online, it all started with a Xanga sometime in middle school. I’ve gone from that page with its pastel pink background to Myspace to Facebook. Then I added Twitter, then Instagram and finally Snapchat. To look at all of them together would be looking back on all the different versions of myself. I probably wouldn’t recognize that girl with the pink profile or the one who obsessed over her top eight. Don’t get me wrong, both of them are great, but they aren’t who I am anymore.
When I moved to Charlotte two years ago I gave myself a much needed fresh start. I promised myself that I would be unapologetically me rather than focusing on what I thought anyone else wanted. That promise has given me the opportunity to create something better than I could have imagined. I’ve found deeper friendships with both new and old friends, a strong relationship, a job and volunteer projects I’m passionate about, and overall happiness.
Everything I’ve built in Charlotte started at zero, which meant that I had the ability to make it whatever I wanted. The past informed the future but didn’t define it. The same is true with every new social media site I’ve had over the years. They were glimpses at who I was at the time, not who I’ll be forever.
Which is why I’m taking a page from my own book and starting from zero, this time with a new Twitter and Instagram. I may be the same girl who started that account in 2009, but I’m not the same – not as I was then as a senior in high school and not even as just a year ago. For the first time in a while, I’m looking at these pages with a sense of excitement for the future rather than nostalgia for the past.
I hope you stick around as see how I fill them.