Too Much Information
We've all done it- shared more than we should have. Information that was best kept to yourself- whether it be airing your dirty laundry or speaking about your bowel movements, after it's spoken you usually think, "Oooooh...TMI!"
But when is it too much information? My TMI moments usually come when I'm sharing a story, but I only share because I want support, advice, or just a good listening ear. Yes, I might tell you about my terrible irritable bowel syndrome and how it left me aching in areas I've never ached before, but maybe you'll have some great advice regarding my situation. TMI? Yes. But the advise you gave on bismuth subsalicylate was greatly appreciated and helpful!
And what if you give TMI about family or personal relationships? Often times, I think I share too much with people. I share a personal story and hours later, when alone and pondering the conversation, I often feel that I've said too much. Will my confidant truly keep my dilemma to themselves? What if they think less of me? What if they judge me and think, "Damn girl, you crazy!" Or what if they said it out loud? "You did WHAT!?" That would be mortifying.
That is how I feel blogging sometimes. There are a lot of people I know personally who read my blog and even more who I don't know personally. Most of the time, I share things on here that are filtered. I share just enough information to give you a glimpse into my life, without opening up too much. I know what you're thinking though. "Seriously Shan? You filter what you tell us?"
I'm a blunt person and I like to keep it real, but if you only knew what I wanted to write about and don't.
Because pushing the limit- sharing TMI makes me that much more vulnerable. I've read blogs where the author poured her thoughts out wholeheartedly and the responses were just as brutally honest- some nice and some not to nice.
And that's my fear. So for now, I keep my filter on. Sometimes it's more opaque than other times, and sometimes, like tonight, I wish I could share so much with you.
Do you filter what you say? Or are you the person I wish I could be who says, "To hell with you all! This is my blog and I'm sharing what I want, come what may!"