When you become famous for a youthful indiscretion -- or, perhaps, for the indiscretion of adults who took advantage of your youthfulness -- you might choose to stay out of the public eye.
This Monica Lewinsky did for a long time.
But as a Clinton prepares for another swing in the White House, Lewinsky has emerged into the hostile light. Not only has she joined Vanity Fair as a contributor, but she has today launched herself upon Twitter.
Her verified account already enjoys more than 24,000 followers. And her momentous first tweet was "#HereWeGo."
Here we go, indeed.
We have two years until the presidential elections. Two years in which Lewinsky can hone her art and become a Queen of the Immediate Quip and Critic of the Immediate Slip.
As ABC News reports, Lewnisky vowed in May to "to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past."
Sticking one's head above the parapet, especially after staying down below for a long time, isn't easy.
Giving a purpose to one's past, though, is even more difficult. I would love to believe that being right once in August of 2012 will somehow return to garland me with satisfaction. I am not so sure.
Still, Lewinsky now bills herself as a social activist and a public speaker -- she is speaking today at the Forbes Under30 Summit. I wonder how active a speaker she will be on Twitter.
And I wonder how she will deal with the inevitable trolling that will come her way. The wags on Twitter are there, after all, to please themselves, often at the expense of others.
Perhaps she feels that, with all that she endured in her past, nothing on Twitter can possibly be as bad. We can but hope.