Why Your Dumb Tweets Matter

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

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Well, I did it again. I do it from time to time.

I went back through my own Twitter feed. Yes, mine! I know, it’s such a vain act. How narcissistic can one be?

I never plan to, though. It just happens.

Late at night, my mind tends to aimlessly roam about. With no rhyme or reason, my brain bounces off the walls. I’m pretty much forced to hang on.

Occasionally, I end up deep in the archives of Twitter. Sometimes I go back just a few (dozen) months to reminisce — to see how things were.

Unfortunately, I found this:

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Moronic Tweet

Wow.

“Higher powers taking control of me.”

Sheesh.

What was I thinking? Did I think it sounded cool? Did I assume someone would relate to this? The answer’s pretty clear, not a single person touched this tweet and I don’t blame ‘em.

“Higher powers taking control of me.”

For crying out loud, what does that even mean?

…Oh, I remember.

Those are lyrics to Drake’s hit single, “One Dance.” I’ll be damned. I must have really been feeling it — the song was just so compelling, I had to repeat it in word form.

And look, I tweeted it at 5:50 AM.

5:50 in the morning!

“Higher powers,” my gosh, people must’ve thought I was possessed! Why the hell am I listening to Drake at that hour, anyway?

Good for something

After much thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that dumb, old Tweets matter. There’s resolve in finding them. They’re actually good for something, I promise.

Bear with me.

Every post, comment, and Tweet is a sample of our ideas, thoughts, and feelings. It shows our state of mind at a particular point in time. It’s a reflection.

Old Tweets portray an older self; someone with more or less insight than the person you are today.

What happens when you look back on a photo from high school? Or a Facebook post from 2009? We glance at that version of ourselves and laugh. Typically, we scoff and say “Oh boy. If only I had known then what I know now.”

Just like my dumb Tweet, that’s a sign! Although it’s not pretty, it tells you something important:

You’ve grown. You’re a better version of yourself now, in some aspect.

You should notice a change in who you are. You should see the world in a new light. You should think in new ways and reevaluate your decisions as time goes on.

I find that shift in perspective valuable. To me, it’s a sign of progression.

It’s good to feel superior in the present compared to the past. Otherwise, you’re moving in the wrong direction. Or you’re stagnant, which is just as bad.

Think about it.

What if you were jealous of an older version of yourself? What if you said “Wow, I wish I still thought or acted that way.”

What does that say?

Now ya know

The fact I can read a Tweet from 2016 and say “That’s pretty dumb, I know better now” is a good thing. Even though it’s embarrassing, I’m glad I’ve grown out of that Tweet-shitty-song-lyrics-at-5AM stage of my life.

It’s okay to feel you were once rash or unwise. It’s not something to be ashamed of.

It’s a sign you’re figuring things out.

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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