In about 2005 I was engaged, living in Virginia and planning my Arizona wedding for March of 2006. I was frantically trying to find a dear friend from high school that I had lost touch with for a couple of years. I looked through all the online white pages for Arizona and California, the two states I thought he would be. For 2 weeks I made over 30 phone calls to Gary Parkers in both states until finally I found the right one. What a relief!
In our conversation about my upcoming wedding, I told him about the lengths I had gone to find him. He responded, “Well, aren’t you on myspace?” I replied, “My WHAT?” Obviously, I didn’t have a clue. Afterwards I did go in and set up a myspace account that I rarely ever paid any attention to.
In January 2009, after dozens of people hounded me for months with annoying messages, I signed up for my facebook account. By this time I was married and had moved back to Arizona.
That brings me to today, December 21st, 2011. Facebook was generous enough to give me a 7 day period to go back and edit my timeline before going live tomorrow. I now have the opportunity to edit out of my history anything that I wish wouldn’t have happened.
Do I delete “life events” and pretend they never happened? Nope, it all happened, it’s all true and deleting it from my timeline doesn’t delete it from my life. As for the wedding pictures, they are long gone.
― Elizabeth Gilbert