Names are so core to our identity, but ironically, we don’t usually get to pick them. Instead, names are bestowed on us in our first hours on earth (or even before birth), and we somehow have to reconcile the name, with all its associated meanings and baggage, with who we are.
As friends and coworkers become parents, I’ve heard the discussions that go into naming, with name after name getting shot down because someone had a bad second grade experience with someone by that name, or because it sounds “old fashioned” or “too trendy.”
Yesterday’s #reverb10 prompt asked, “If you could introduce yourself to strangers by another name for just one day, what would it be and why?”
I’ve struggled with this over the years, and my college admission essay actual asked a variation of this. But I’ve really grown into my name, despite some challenges.
Crysta is unique – I’ve never encountered another person who spells it that way. I ran into some trouble after we moved to Crystal Lake and people would assume there was an l on the end. (My elementary school gym teacher called me Crystal for four years, and I was too shy/afraid of the mean old man to correct him.)
Being unique means no one has any preconceived notions of what a “Crysta” should be or do. No one got bullied by a Crysta, and no one had an annoying Great-Aunt Crysta.
When I started my Twitter account and this website, I would have loved to use just “Crysta,” but unfortunately, there must be one other out there, as neither was available. Hence, the Elginista moniker was born.
When racking my brain for another name, I couldn’t think of anything that fit quite as well. I’ve grown into Crysta and rather like it.
So call me Crysta…
How about you? What name would you take for a day – or the rest of your lifetime?