Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blurry Lines

I have never been someone who compartmentalizes her life and my life is pretty much an open book.

I grew up in Western NY and then moved to Florida when I was almost 16. Then I went to the University of Florida, stayed there for seven years after I graduated (cause I sure LOVE that Gainesville town!) and then moved back to Jax with my family in 2006. I've had several jobs, participated in a major organization of people with karate, and now I'm on Twitter. And I'm starting to forget how I know people! PLUS, I forget that some of my friends don't actually KNOW each other.

When I log in to Facebook I start reading my news stream I'll see something my friend Julie from NY says and immediately think, "Oh, I wonder if Vivien saw this." Vivien, now in Colorado, is someone I met in Gainesville. Then I'll see something on Twitter and wonder if someone else from an old job saw it. I'm relating you all to each other and in my world you all know each other. It's sort of maddening when reality dawns.

You know then I get in to the whole "Hey Mom, I talked to Joyce today and she told me this story about Gwenny." Then later "Mom, I talked to Vivien and she said..." or "Hey, my friend Angie said Max was doing this..." So Joyce is the only one I've actually spoken too, as in, heard her voice. Vivien is instant messaging. Angie is Twitter. And my Mom is supposed to KNOW this. And "talking" now means any sort of communicating. Jeez.

And then, then there's my family. My mom's side, my dad's side, my husband's mom's side and my husband's dad's side. They're all getting on Facebook. And I'll see Keely post something and wonder if Chrissy saw it and what she thinks. Those are two of my cousins... NOT from the same branch. Doubt they even know each other. Or Joby's Aunt Janice will say something and I'll think MY Aunt Priscilla will think it's funny.

I can't keep it straight!

Please tell me that someone else out there gets this...


Anonymous June 14, 2009 at 11:09 PM  

I think it just gets worse as we get older. not that anyone here is old, cuz I'm damn sure not old. right? right.

averygoodyear June 14, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

I totally get it. When referring to online people I'll say to my husband or mother "My friend ..." and they know it's someone I haven't really met. If it's a friend in-the-flesh, I'll use a name :)

But it DOES get confusing sometimes!

Kekibird June 15, 2009 at 12:44 AM  

Oh yes. It's hard to explain. I consider any form of communication (ie text, email, twitter message, blog comment) a way of "saying" something, or speaking to me. But, of course, to people who don't use these modes of communication, they all just think I'm nuts.

Jade June 16, 2009 at 1:19 PM  

Hahaha, compartmentalizing is easy and convenient. Everything has it's place. It's like a messy Venn diagram sometimes though. Okay, all the time, but still, everyone is in a neat little circle.