Name of Things (From the Archives)

What’s in a name?

Not much, and everything at the same time. A level of identity that is so core to yourself that you can barely understand how to exist without a name.

But a name, a name you choose yourself. A name that you pick out of a list, a name with history or with none. 

Now that’s powerful. That’s you choosing your name out of all the ones available. This is you taking a stand and shouting to the world: This is who I am.

So what if it’s untraditional to pick a new name? So what if no one else has double-barrelled. So what if you take your partner’s name. So what if you have no partner but you choose to change it because you want something that fits your identity.

Because it’s a so what. The world may care what you call yourself, but they have no skin in this game. They might have views, but they are not you.

Only you can choose your name. Your identity.

And whatever you choose, for whatever reason, it’s the right decision.

It’s your decision. 

First posted in 2019. || Image Credit: Photo by Alice Hampson on Unsplash

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