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Susan Marek's blog about angels, chakras, spiritual living, and more.

That's not my name.

Susan Marek

Often, people call me Karen. I have no idea why, but when I correct them, they say, "Well, you look like a Karen."  What does "a Karen" look like?  Me, apparently.  I have been called Susie, Suze, Suzanna, and my least favorite, Sue.  You can always tell someone who is from East of the Mississippi.  They shorten names with wild abandon.  I also go by the name of mommy, mama, and MOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMM, depending on the circumstance.  Then there is "ma'am," which is completely unacceptable if it implies I am over-the-hill. 

Names are used to identify us with a group and give us a sense of uniqueness and belonging.  I belong to the Marek "group." It is an easy way to distinguish each other from the millions of people roaming the countryside.  They also determine relationship. Dad, Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru. It forms an unbreakable connection between people that languishes on genealogical charts.

Taking it a step further, names can become symbols.  Marilyn Monroe is an excellent example.  The name alone now exudes sexiness and sadnesss together.  James Dean is a rebel without a cause. Michael Jackson is the "king of pop."  What does your name represent?  Does it represent honesty and conviction?  Happiness and hope?  Confusion and chaos?  My name, Susan Marek,  means many things.  It does mean wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, aunt, friend.  It also represents lightworker and teacher.  It means integrity, hope, and love to me.  I do my best to represent those qualities at all times.  I am not always successful, but it is in the trying that we learn, grow, and change.

So, what is your name? What does it mean?  What does it represent to you?  How do you introduce yourself to others?  When we meet, I will introduce myself as Susan.  Not Karen.  That's not my name.