HAVING AN UNCOMMON NAME
An open letter and a few thoughts I haven't shared before.
- •My name is Anuhea 👋🏼ah noo hay ah
- •It's Hawaiian and it means: cool soft fragrance a mountain breezeI'd like to know what a fragrance in the mountain smells like.
- •It being uncommon, I've had to deal with years of struggling teachers and leaders.
- •Everyone asks me if they can call me Annie.
- •People will add random letters when they're trying to pronounce my name.Where did you get a Q sound from?!
- •I used to be so embarrassed that my parents didn't name me something normal.I can never make a 'GIFS that show up when I search my name' list because there are none!
- •Now, I love me name. It's unique and I can sign my first name on cards or emails without people wondering "which so and so is this?".
- •But it makes me sad when people don't even try to learn my name."that's too hard to remember" "I can't pronounce that" "can I call you something else"
- •It makes me feel like they don't care about me because they don't want to even try.
- •I guess this list is just me asking you to care about people's names.
- •Some people prefer you to call them by their full name, while others prefer a nickname.I had a unit mate named Anuhea, but preferred Anu!
- •Some people prefer just their initials.
- •While some people don't mind whatever variation you call them.
- •In a sense, what we prefer to be called is our personal brand.Ex. people with stage names are branding a whole new person!
- •Our name is our identity.