If you read some of my posts from a few weeks ago, you’ll notice that I completely fell apart for a minute. I was so soured to blogging, tweeting and anything to do with social media, I wanted to puke. I have come around a little bit. Now that I have a clear vision for what I want to use the blog for, I feel a little more free. This blog is mine. It’s all me. Every so often, if I feel I am starting to slip into glossy blogness, I have to rein it in. Much past my faith, my family, and my crafts, I begin to venture into the gloss. No thanks.
I follow several glossy blogs, and they don’t need me mucking up the waters. At the end of the day, I gotta be me.
So now I will share the story of what happened so that my ten readers can judge me harshly. Go ahead. I deserve it. I handled it in a really bad, bad way.
Back when I was on Twitter under my old moniker WApharmgirl I was a bit of a lurker, a creep as it were. (Not to EVERYONE! CALM DOWN) There was a person I was following that was having a baby, and I didn’t want to be all in her face everyday with “How are you feeling?” “How are you doing” “Hey, I wish I was there so I could help you more.” It was perfectly easy to just pop over and read her tweets, see that everything was a-okay, and carry on with my day. If something bad was happening, I could tweet a short comment and then, again, carry on. If that seems weird to you, then it probably is. It was all innocent, I swear! As I have mentioned before, I am an excited oaf when it comes to babies, pregnancies, and pregnancy related stuff. The day I am no longer excited about any of it is the day I know for sure that I am done having kids.
Well one evening, I was on Twitter catching up on all my tweets. In my little feed thingy was a tweet that made me pause. It was from this person, directed @ another person. The conversation appeared to be about another dear friend of mine. Thinking I was clearly mistaken, I read her tweets and my gut began to burn. That drove me to look at what else was being said about the “situation”. I read everything I could from several different angles and I. Was. So. Mad. No, I was angry. Really angry. Like How-Dare-She! Fired up. And it kept going and going and going.
What made me so upset was knowing how hurt my good friend would be if she had heard any of this stuff. Here is where I messed up royally. I should have dropped right into that conversation and said what a load of garbage it was. What I did was this: I texted my friend in a rage and told her everything that was going on. Yep, I ended up being the one who hurt her with that information. I even said something to the effect that I probably should not be talking about it because I was going to say something stupid in my anger. Captain Obvious flies again! In that heated moment, I rationalized telling her everything because she NEEDED to know that this other person was NOT a good friend. I felt righteous in my anger. I felt justified in gossiping. I was not.
I SHOULD have handled it so much better. It’s bothered me ever since. Mostly because a close friend is hurting from a rift in a friendship. A rift that I tore open with my bare hands. Some days I feel that I should have just minded my own business. (The truth has a funny way of coming to light without my help.) Other days, I feel like it needed to happen, that she deserved to know. In the end, I just looked like a gossiping boob. I just hope that this person learned from it and will honor her friendships a little better in the future.
I learned that people are not perfect. Again. How many times do I have to learn this lesson? I think what added to my own hurt was that I admired this person. I really did not expect anything like that. I felt just as betrayed and stupid. It knocked down my faith in humanity a couple of notches.
I have learned that when another situation like this arises, I need to take a time out and weigh the situation more carefully before I respond. I do not like the person I was that day.