IRL. It stands for In Real Life.
You see it bantered around on social media websites. “We need to meet in IRL.” “I know her from IRL.”
Mitch Joel wrote today about how he doesn’t like that term. He says:
When you’re online, are you fake? Is your online avatar simply that: a representation of who you would like to be instead of who you really are?
I think that online, you are a bigger representation of who you really are. You can be smarter by easily hanging out with smarter people. You can be as funny as your mind will let you – no more of “I wish I would have said that”. Because you have time to say it. You can debate your point and not be held back by the other persons body language or facial expressions.
Its very much a real world, connecting online. It’s also an opportunity to let your light shine, and be more of who you really are. Be bigger. Be smarter. Be funnier. Because when you do that, it spills over into your everyday life. You’ve started to identify who you really are, the beauty and scope of you. Why not be that IRL?