I think the first time I really experienced all-things acronyms was in college, which is probably true for many people. I remember wondering what the SDR was and what people did when they had a DTR with another person. But, pretty soon, these and other acronyms were part of daily life.
With each stage of life, different slang, acronyms, and lingo naturally emerge.
But I’ve sometimes wondered if we also use acronyms as a way to distance ourselves from emotion. This thought came to mind recently after I stumbled across another post that included an acronym I’ve encountered countless times over the last couple of years.
Honestly, I had no clue what it meant for a while. I made up some other combinations to fill in the words like a bad game of Scrabble where the opponent can use acronyms and you’re left guessing what it means.
I found that the three letters provide distance, however false, from the emotions and pain that are ever real.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve often thought about publicly writing about this topic. “Why didn’t you?” You may ask. Well, the easy answer is, I was hopeful. But really, I was afraid. Hopeful of what was to come and afraid of the same. There’s a lot that goes into that answer that I hope to explore.
TTC. Maybe you know what it means. Maybe you’ve experienced the joy or turmoil that follows after first reading these three letters. Maybe you’re still wondering what that could mean for me or yourself.
Feel free to come along the journey as I continue to explore the complexity of this topic. I’m not sure what it will look like, but I hope it will give you a glimpse of hope.