I know that at some point in life, probably many times, we see someone we know but don’t really know. You know they know you. You know they know you know them. Maybe someone you went to high school with or maybe it’s someone that works for the same company you do but in another department. You may have never even talked to this person before but you know you have something in common with them. Somehow you are connected. Do you stop and chat? Or walk past like complete and total strangers? Usually, I opt to walk on by. I’m not trying to be rude but I assume the possible conversation will be awkward and I don’t want to bother the other person. I can hear it now:
– Weren’t you in my 6th grade reading class?
– (Nods head with fake interest and enthusiasm) Oh yeah, I was. (silence ensues)
– So...(awkward pause. Looking into shopping cart) I see you like Raisin Bran. Good stuff.
Well, a few months ago I came out of the movie theater to see a guy that was on my myspace page. I had never met him, never actually talked to him. Our exchanges were completely limited to myspace and were few and far between at best. However, I knew things about him because of what he posted on his page. I knew a little about his divorce, his kids, what his interests were, what kind of music he liked, books he read, and movies he watched. In a very small way I felt like I kind of knew him. Matter of fact, because I was so sure I knew him from someplace “real”, I started to semi-panic because I couldn’t recall his name immediately and was sure I would offend him when he saw and recognized me. He never saw me and as I put together who he was I figured he probably wouldn’t have recognized me at all. And I have to say that I found the whole thing to be a little eerie.
I think about this a lot when it comes to the blog. Regardless of whether you put up a picture, or use your real name, I feel like I know most of you pretty well. I look forward to reading your posts or receiving comments from you on mine. At first it was the excitement of someone reading what I wrote and having something to say about it. But over time the excitement has shifted a little to being more personal because I feel I know you more individually.
But what if we were to randomly pass and recognize each other on the street? Would it be eerie like the myspace guy? Would we say anything or just walk on by pretending not to notice one another (and blog about it later)? My first reaction was to walk on by pretending ignorance. But now I’m not so sure. I’m quite certain that it’s come to all of your attention that there is a great majority of us linked together on our pages. Reflecting on all the stories and comments, I’d be willing to bet that we could throw one kick ass party if we were to all get together and meet up. So if by some random chance you see me passing by, don’t hesitate to say hello.