Is Your Life What You Thought It Would Be?


We live in a world today, where almost everything is documented.  I have probably taken more pictures of my 2 and 6 year-old boys, than I had taken of me during my entire childhood!

We are “Big Brother”

Social media sites and blogs capture much of what we are thinking and doing.  We use mobile devices to capture video and pics of anything that is remotely interesting or entertaining to us.  We use mobile apps to check-in to places we visit.  We share all of this voluntarily!

Your Life in HD…Forever!

Have you ever thought about all the documentation of our lives that we’ll have to look back on in 20 years? Most of it is stored in the “cloud” somewhere, and available forever.  I am certain that made some of you cringe at the thought of that.

Imagine 20 years from now…

This week, I came across a video of a man, Jeremiah McDonald, who used a video tape he made of himself 20 years ago, when he was 12.  He then edited that video and created an interview of his 12-year old self, conducted by his 32-year old self.  Weird huh?  That’s what I was thinking!

“When you know better, you do better”

This video, as weird as it is to me, does present an interesting experience that will be available to practically all of us 20 years from now.  Just think, how many of us, 32 years and older, have video footage of ourselves at age 12?  Not many.  Fast forward.  How many 12 year old kids today will have video footage of themselves in 20 years.  A large majority will!  Just as a large majority of us 32 and older, will have video of us in 20 years.

With this in mind, I encourage you to be intentional about what, why, when, and how you share your life online.  It will not only affect your future self, but your spouse, your children, as well your future career opportunities.

Question:  Let’s flip it.  If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 12.  What advice would you give?  Please share in the comment section below.



Jul 7, 2012