I do not know this person. LinkedIn is officially not safe.
Perhaps at some point I accepted an invitation to connect with this man because we are relatively in the same industry, but I do not personally know this person. We have never met.
I don’t know about all you other professional adult people but, I’m on LinkedIn to engage in business. I’m there to make new connections, explore new opportunities, and gauge movement my industry.
I’m not there to flirt. (Even if I am the biggest one I know, I understand boundaries.)
When I was younger, I did unbelievably stupid things. “Things” so stupid that they, up until fairly recently, were permanently filed in the I-will-never-ever-tell-anyone-about this-ever section of my brain. Closing in on my thirtieth birthday, I realize that these “things,” in a strange way, have given me all of those wonderful adjectives that women are supposed to possess as they get older and wiser (Self-esteem! Self-confidence! Independence!). Although I haven’t stopped doing some stupid things (Will anyone?), I am no longer afraid to recount them – because in the parallel universe of self-worth, these “things,” provided that we learn from them, and forgive ourselves, feel more like merit badges than something we lock away and pretend doesn’t exist.
We open on a Tuesday morning at work, where we find 22 year-old me furiously typing away in a feigned effort to make myself look busy. Also, I am probably hungover. I probably look hungover, but am too hungover to realize how hungover I look.
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