Hello, my name is Timothy Keith. But first, a poem:
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you — Nobody — too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise — you know!
How dreary — to be — Somebody!
How public — like a Frog —
To tell one’s name — the livelong June —
To an admiring Bog!
— Emily Dickinson (1891)
What does Dickinson have to do with your “About Me” page?
A contemporary interpretation of that poem, we all can relate to:
|Us, in Real Life…||Us, on Social Media…|
Everyone usually agrees with the adage “nobody’s perfect”, but contrary to that, we feel great social pressure to paint an idealised version of ourselves online.
It certainly feels wrong to call ourselves a nobody, as we’re all unique individuals. But if we were all perfect, we wouldn’t be all different. And if we weren’t all different, we would truly be nobody, as we’d be indistinguishable from each other. Think of how boring a world would be where everyone was the same!
So maybe that means it’s OK to be not perfect.
All you need to know about me…
I am not perfect. My imperfections are what makes me, me. It feels like such a skimpy statement to share about myself, but I feel it’s the biggest admission you can make publically. Join me in celebrating our differences, and more importantly, our wonderful imperfections.
You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you.
There’s no person in the whole world like you;
and I like you just the way you are.
— Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood