Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories. A motivational mantra, a swipe at the boss, a hidden shrine to a lost love, an inside joke with ourselves, a defining emotional scar — these keepsake passwords, as I came to call them, are like tchotchkes of our inner lives. They derive from anything: Scripture, horoscopes, nicknames, lyrics, book passages. Like a tattoo on a private part of the body, they tend to be intimate, compact and expressive.
A longform article by Ian Urbina exploring how we come up with our passwords and everyone of them have their individual meaning. Many have emotions tied to it and the same goes for mine. A good read for the weekend.
I have my password changed every 30 days. Each of my password is kinda of like a 30 day challenge. Recently, I picked up interest in calisthenic exercises. A typically password for me would be like doPullUps@20!. This means that my goal is to pull 20 pull-ups in a single attempt within 30 days. I tried to have my passwords in camelcase with special characters for added security too. Next month, I would be working on my dips. I may go for a password like dip@15Shoulders!
Does your password tells a story? Or it’s an objective?