One Newton per meter squared

Have you ever noticed that some of the things that you find funniest on the internet are those that aren’t “safe” to share? (whether they’re NSFW or they fall under the “some day my kid will have a Facebook account too” or they’re just plain the kind of thing that you would share with a girlfriend over a beverage but not with more than 2 or 3 of them total)

Sometimes that’s where blogging leaves us … because there’s so much about ourselves that we don’t share except with those who know us best, yet those are the elements of our lives that are most meaningful and occupy the greatest chunk of real-estate.

In Document Development and Design this week, we’ve been asked to share our professional aspirations and the accompanying website – with a group of fellow students that we’ve known for 2 weeks. I can count on one hand the number of people in my life who could answer that question – and that total includes me! Not because I don’t trust others, but because I don’t trust the universe (or God or whatever name you give the unknown) to not yank the rug out from under me (or whatever cliche you prefer).

Which brings me to the “let’s think about this, shall we” element of today … when you’ve got a hope, a dream, a plan, a passion … do you live it out loud so that everyone you know can extrapolate you along your path and knows where you’re going? Or do you live it quietly so that only those who know you very very very well are aware of it? Is it a product of your personality? Your life experience? Both? Can you pinpoint the moment when you changed from living-out-loud to living in a bubble with limited guests?

(today’s post brought to you by the awesome joke about One Newton per Meter Squared that I will not be sharing because the website it’s from isn’t one that I want associated with my online reputation … yeah … it’s like that)