When I went off to college, away from my twin, I was mostly known by my full last name or yet another abbreviated version. I guess they defined me at the time, but not sure if I ever liked being called them.
Then post college life came and I joined the workforce. Then my label changed to, "this is Chris, she's a <insert job title here>. Again, these labels were not defining who I am.
For a while I was known as cruisechic cause I always went on cruises...okay...
In the past few years I did earn a name through my running club that I love and honestly partially defines me..."Awesome Girl". It started from a joke about a super hero swim suit I bought, but I became "Awesome Girl" through my hard work and dedication to coming back from an injury. To me, "she" doesn't let anyone or anything get her down, or if it does, she wipes off the dirt and gets back up. (Lol..to this day, when I have a particularly scary hard swim, I wear it - it gives me super powers)
But...things changed in the last year...my coworkers began introducing me as "this is Chris, she's a business analyst and she does triathlons"...then all things changed after my half ironman...
"this is Chris, she's a triathlete (and she's one of our analysts 😊 )." I did a double take the first time. I loved it. For the first time in my 47 years...I had an identity I was proud of...THAT was me...THAT IS ME.
Hi, my name is Chris and I'm a triathlete.
Who are you? Who do you want to be?