What’s in a Name?

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Juliet:
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Romeo and Juliet (II,ii,1-2)

Thinking about names is always interesting to me. These things which we go by, that are part of our identity; that are part of who we are as individuals and part of the definition of everyone. It is these things that set us apart from each other and make us all unique.

Sure there will be other people called Tom, and other people called Janie. There are over 7 billion of us! But YOU are the only one who is entirely you. You are the only Janie who has that distinct combination of personality traits and the only one with those finger prints. You are 100% you. That’s something I’m pretty thankful for because without this overwhelming uniqueness that everyone possesses, everything would be incredibly dull. Possibly even duller than waiting for artificial grass to grow. (I know! Dullness like that can be deadly.)

The shadow of the name is of course the meaning. The meaning behind my name is that my great-grandmother was called Elizabeth so therefore, my name was secured, however I personally like to believe that I’m actually named after Jane Austen heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. But hey, that’s just me. ‘Oath of God’ is apparently what Elizabeth means according to multiple baby name websites. I’m not particularly religious so I don’t really know how I feel about that meaning so I think I’ll say that Elizabeth means strong and smiley. Why not.

You might be wondering what ‘Osbwaec’ means. Well, fear not my friend! Osbwaec stands for ‘Our story begins with an empty chair’ and for those of you can’t quite pinpoint where you might have heard it before, it’s the first line from Nanny McPhee (2005).

Feel free to comment down below the meaning behind your name and what you feel the meaning of your name should be.

Stay well dudes,

Elizabeth

 

Fresh Starts

I have always enjoyed starting new things; the clean lined-paper, the blank canvas, the new years and days.They all allow me to have the feeling that I am, in some way, beginning again- that I don’t have to think about what happened yesterday. That’s not to say that I don’t end up thinking about the days gone by- I like to think about fond memories and to flick through old photo albums and reminisce about how cute I used to be.

But nonetheless, I have created this blog- this fresh start- to enjoy the present. To write, to create and to document things as I go. Feel free to tag along, I digress and go off on tangents practically all the time so you’re guarenteed a bit of confusion, some laughs and I guess some insight into me.

Also, if you don’t feel like tagging along that’s totally cool. I’m writing this for me and if you enjoy the things I put up then that’s an added bonus.

Stay well dudes,

Elizabeth