Today we’re celebrating the life and inspiration of a wonderful and creative man, Dr Seuss as he is well known, or the man he was born as, Theodor Seuss Geisel. I don’t know of any kids who haven’t pretended to be someone else at some point in time or another, whether just pretending to be a superhero or doctor, or wanting to be called something else. It’s not (always) about them hating their parents and wanting to rebel but about feeling like they’re someone other than who their name states them to be. Maybe you don’t feel like an Alex, Henry, Melissa or Jessica, but rather believe you’re a Sean, John, Breanne or Lori. As an adult you’ve got the ability to change your name on paper or have a nickname that you go by instead of your given name.
Your name does say a lot about you, and there are tons of stereotypes about names. Today though I want to talk not about our names themselves, but how we feel about ourselves and who we feel we are. Sometimes having a pen name, a pseudonym, is a way of letting part of you that you don’t share with the rest of the world be free. For authors, while they like the income, they don’t always want their personal lives affected by writing political columns or romance books for example. Working in divisive industries can cause a lot of hassle with family and friends who don’t support you or agree with you, and having a separate personality, if you will, helps avoid that stress.
But the thing about having a name or changing your name is not really about the name, but about you. Who you are is much more important than what your name is or what people call you. Do you make people laugh? Do you help people? Do you have a great relationship with your family and friends? Are you happy with your life? Are you fulfilled by your life? If not, what is holding you back? Don’t let anything, including your given name, hold you back from being who you really are or doing what you’re really passionate about. Even though we’re living longer than ever life is still too short to waste. So follow the cry of Dr. Seuss: “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” and be yourself today..