What’s In a Name?

What’s in a name? It’s a question that has perplexed philosophers, poets, and parents for centuries. A name carries weight, it holds meaning, and it can shape our perceptions of ourselves and others. Just as Shakespeare famously didn’t ask, “What’s in a name?” I find myself pondering the significance of my chosen moniker: Glitter Monkey.

Now, before you dismiss this as mere frivolity or whimsy, let me assure you that there is method to my madness. To fully understand the rationale behind Glitter Monkey, we must delve into the realm of analogies. Consider for a moment the image of a monkey swinging through the trees with unabashed joy and abandon. The monkey is free-spirited, mischievous, and unencumbered by societal expectations. It embodies curiosity and playfulness.

In many ways, I see myself as that monkey – exploring new ideas, embracing creativity without hesitation, and leaving a trail of glitter wherever I go. Glitter represents that spark of inspiration, that extra touch of magic that elevates ordinary experiences into something extraordinary. It is a celebration of life’s little joys and an invitation to revel in the beauty that surrounds us.

But why did I choose “Glitter Monkey” specifically? Well, let me take you on a journey through some external sources to shed light on this choice. In her book “Big Magic,” Elizabeth Gilbert explores the notion of creative living beyond fear. She encourages us to embrace our curiosity and follow our passions without reservation. This philosophy resonated deeply with me and reinforced my belief in the importance of infusing a sense of wonder into everything we do.

Additionally, psychologist Carl Jung introduced the concept of individuation – the process by which we become our authentic selves through self-discovery and exploration. By choosing Glitter Monkey as my name, I am embracing this process wholeheartedly – stepping out from behind societal expectations, embracing my unique quirks, and fearlessly expressing myself.

Now, let me emphasize the cautionary aspect of this choice. I understand that not everyone may appreciate or understand the significance behind Glitter Monkey. Some may dismiss it as childish or inconsequential. But that’s okay. Art, like any form of self-expression, is subjective. It is important to remember that our names and labels are not meant to please everyone but to reflect our true essence.

If Glitter Monkey doesn’t resonate with you personally, I invite you to explore alternative methods of self-expression. Maybe you find solace in a different animal or a different metaphor altogether. The possibilities are endless, and the beauty lies in discovering what truly speaks to your soul.

I guess in the end I choose Glitter Monkey because it encapsulates my personal journey of self-discovery and creative expression. It represents my belief in the power of curiosity, playfulness, and embracing life’s little joys with glittering enthusiasm. Whether you choose to adopt a unique name or simply embrace your own inner monkey spirit, I encourage you to embark on this journey of exploration and self-expression with an open mind and a sense of adventure. After all, life is too short for anything less than a bit of glittery magic!

Or I just love glitter. Either way the name fits.

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