Monday, September 01, 2014

Hashtag Life

I've seen a lot of hashtags representing ways of life—#thuglife (best when used ironically), #nerdlife (my kids totally wear this one out as to them, nerds are the new cool kids. Or at least the nerds are taking ownership of it.), #momlife (self explanatory) #hipsterlife (just kidding—hipsters are so over hashtags).

So one day while out running (where the best thoughts are... thoughtted? Thunk? That just sounds wrong but appears to be right. #spellcheck #tangent), I was trying to think of what my hashtag is. What really describes me? Fits my niche? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a sometimes, niche is just a fancy word for rut. That reducing yourself to a slogan, even a catchy little trendy slogan with a pound sign (you know you know that's what they used to be called, right?) in front of it just felt like, well, reducing myself.

I don't want to be a slogan.

Social media is great, but sometimes it forces us to reduce ourselves down to the lowest common denominator, 140 characters or less, a simple, catchy headline packed with good keywords. I don't want to reduce myself. My life is not that easy to define.

I am more than a slogan.

Sometimes I'm silly, sometimes serious; sometimes strong and other times weak. I realized I can't and don't want to be defined by a hashtag because in my life—and I'm betting also in yours—there's just so much more.

For the past several years, September has been a "let's do this daily blogging thing!" adventure for me, primarily gearing up to October—also known as ROCKTOBER on my blog. The September post-a-palooza has featured random themes, last year it was quotes. But this year I'm going to do it different.

I've seen other blogs do a post a day about selfies or gratitude or what have you. This month, I'm going to do a daily post thing (maybe; more on that later #spoiler) and I'm going to do it with a hashtag. My plan is to post using #inmylife and commenting about the randomness that makes my life mine. It's a gut check, it's about being real, and I hope I'm up to the challenge. Really, it fits with the gratitude thing because no matter what's in my life, I do try to be thankful for it.

It might be fun or it might be tedious. It might be embarrassing or celebratory or happy or angry or meaningful or pointless. It probably will be all of those things. Because I'm all of those things.


  1. I love this post! "Nobody puts baby in a corner! " Is that quote appropriate here? I'm not sure, but it felt right. #toouniquetobedefined

  2. Love it. Couldn't agree more. May I suggest #reallife?