Today John Capecelatro posed quite the question:
What do you want your children to say about you?
Now for the most part I agree with his response. I (will eventually) strive to be an example of ethics and morality, and ultimately will see them as my greatest success in life.
Your children, in this case, are the proxy by which you measure the delta in your progress, success etc.
My takeaway from John’s post is not what they will say about me but how they will learn about me. We have begun to journal our lives digitally, and we really are one of the first generations to do so: from adolescence to old age.
A picture is worth 1,000 words and (somehow) I have 1,300 photos of me on Facebook chronologically telling my story. Soon we will have access to our stream of consciousness (aka twitter) for the past 4 years, little notes of exactly how we felt at that exact moment.
We even highlight our best moments on services on Instagram or Path and track them on Foursquare. Is it sometimes a bit too much? Hell yes, but it has its place. We are writing our own biographies across a handful of login screens.
Thoughts? Send them over to @brendan_o