What’s in a [nick]name?

Mothers may tend to have a habit to using your “birth certificate” name… or the name that they’ve called you since you can remember, but there is something about a nickname.

You are given it, for an action you do…

Or you choose one…

or it just “happens” out of variation of your name, depending on what age or situation you are in…

or there are probably other reasons that I’m not listing, but those are the ones I can think of for me.

Nope, not getting into ALL that jazz, but I wanted to mention the reasoning why I think nicknames are so AWESOME.

“I explained today to someone how I love one of my nicknames so much. I never felt judged and I could be whoever I am in my skin with that nickname… My original name everyone knew and had me accountable to be the smart kid who did everything….

Thanks to a nickname that I got freshman year of high school, I was able to be myself, without judgement or pressure.. I challenged myself and explored the world without really trying to impress others..I was me… and I continue to be my truest self and most comfortable in a setting where people know me by that nickname. It’s helped me find the voice inside me.

From the sounds of Romeo and Juliet when Juliet says “what’s in a name? ” means that it doesn’t matter if Romeo’s name was Romeo or not-it was his essence, his being, that mattered… while I can somehow understand the interpretation of Shakespeare’s way of pointing out what a name can be (or not be) in life, I think we definitely help define ourselves through what we are called and portrayed in society… we’re humans.! and in the 21st century, not the 15th or 16th century.

All for the nicknames, I am.

🙂 Hope everyone has a smooth week.

~Elena

This above all: to thine own self be true” — William Shakespeare

The Voice

By: Shel Silverstein

There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
“I feel this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you–just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.”

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About Eli

hola! Soy una artista del mundo... una artista de mano, escrito y pintura... ;). Hi! This blog was originally meant to display my artwork as in water colors, but it has transformed to many medias of expression- watercolors, oils, crafts, ideas, stories, pictures-- I love to travel & paint! There are some of my passions, as well as spending time with people who matter most to me. Please follow me and share my blog with others! May you have a great day.
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