This is my personal blog.
It’s a place where I share my thoughts, ideas, hopes, dreams, concerns and nightmares. It’s my on-line diary so to speak.
Why don’t I write it down in an old fashioned book of paper? Because it wouldn’t work for me. A lot of what I see, hear or experience is within the digital world, thus it would seem strange to me to have a diary of thoughts off-line. That would be a total disconnect to how I live day to day.
Thus, it should be blindingly obvious by now that this blog, this on-line diary of thoughts, fears, concerns, worries and moments of joy is in no way representative of the views of my past, present or future employers.
We all lead different lives, a life at work, a life at home, a life with friends, a life with your partner. Whether we can consider these separate with clear definitive borders of separation, or all part of the same… I guess that’s something our society is trying to get to grips with. How do we deal with our digital self? What are the norms? What are the unwritten rules? What are boundaries?
For me it’s simple, I am just me. I have a professional “life”, and a personal “life”. Digital barely exists in my professional life, where as in my personal life I feel fully submereged into the digital world.
For others, they can find that there is no separation between their professional and personal life. That it’s all blurring together. Personally, I don’t. I try to keep the two separate as much as I can. Work does not define or own me. I will do my best to deliver in my job to the highest standards and push myself and my team for more, but outside the office, I’m living my own life, with friends and family.
When I’m in the twilight of my life, I want to be able to look back and say that I enjoyed life, I enjoyed the company of friends and family, that I made a difference to them. That I wasn’t afraid to voice my opinion, to stand up and be counted when it mattered.
Not whether or not I followed all the rules.
That would seem a bland waste of life and opportunity. We only have one chance at life (depending on your beliefs), go out there and grab it with both hands. Live. Embrace one another.