Star and tree by IJsendoorn
What’s in a name anyway? Does it really matter? As an avid reader, I understand the wonderful power of words. As any music lover can tell you, you can feel the power of words; put the right melody and lyrics together and they’ll go straight to your soul.
So the question is: Is your name important? Does it matter? If your name is Brad and you feel like a Greg does it change anything? If you’re a Cathy would you rather be Sheila? Or something entirely more extravagant like Princess Glitter or King Supercool?
If you’ve ever read a comic book you can certainly understand the power of a name. Would the green guy with the big muscles be the same if he was known as Lima Rage or Grass Crusher instead of the powerful Incredible Hulk? The same goes for our favorite movie characters. Would Darth Vader be the same imposing figure if his name was Eugene Johnson? Somehow I don’t think so.
Over the years I’ve heard the suggestion of re-naming yourself in order to reflect your personality. How empowering, how entertaining, how fun, playful and remarkable! Like the main character in Jerry Spinell’s book, Stargirl is a fascinating, magical creation. She is a person who does not let herself be limited by what others think. Her prior names reflect that well, as she transforms herself from ordinary-sounding Susan to Pocket Mouse, Mudpie, Hullygully, and finally to Stargirl. As her name suggests, she is full of limitless passions, and boundless energy.
Imagine what would happen if we all tried the same thing? Even if it wasn’t a life-changing event, it would be an amusing experience. Just the chance to try on new personas. Who would you be? Major Paine, Captain Clean, Madame Bliss, Sunny Skies or Brilliant Betty? What could you accomplish with such a name? What strengths would you gain? What tasks would you tackle? How would your choice make a difference in your life?