Your mother put it best when she told me the other night: “You need to figure out what you’re doing.” After another feature in The Huffpost and your digital footprint further expanding, I’ve reopened my internal debate about what the hell I’m doing or rather, to what end and is it worth the potential consequences. Will you get made fun of when you’re older? Will you be embarrassed? Will you hate me? Am I putting you in danger?
By my count, this is the third time I’m writing about this. When I reread my old thoughts, they still ring true, but it still makes me wonder because the stakes seem higher with each passing day.
So I’ve been reading up on perspectives about sharenting, remembering why I started doing this in the first place, and trying to figure out my end goals. First and foremost, this entire project is something I’m building for you and me – I want to remember and I want to give you memories, stories, and little moments that made an impact on me as we raise you.
But if that’s the case, you ask, why post it on social media? Well, it’s a story I want to share because it / you mean so much to me. Additionally, it’s a way for me to stay connected to the world, and I do feel a small responsibility to contribute positively to it; some people take up causes, some people practice sustainable acts, and one thing for me is putting smiles on people’s faces, which our journey does so well.
And along the way, there will be commercial benefits, which I’ll be selective about – tickets for places you would enjoy, events we would have fun at, outfits that you like wearing, money that will go towards your education, and donations to local places you’ve spent parts of your young life at.
I hope you understand and like this project as much as I do.