Sarah O'Connor

Writer – Playwright – Cannot Save You From The Robot Apocalypse

Oh hey it’s the same picture from day 1! Will it be the same post? Only one way to find out!

When I was little I used to love the name Autumn. I’d never met anyone with that name, it was one reserved for TV and book characters, but it was so soft and different. Back then, just a kid I decided I wanted to name my future child Autumn. Of course that didn’t last, though it isn’t exactly off my growing list. Back then I added names like Robin, Skye, Rayne, now more ordinary but less common names.

I wonder if many people collect names for the future, why we do it. I think part of the reason I look for unique names is because of my own boring, ordinary one. I don’t hate my name anymore (though I still have my moments) but I think I look at these names as what I might have liked to be called instead, something that wasn’t in the top ten.

I still collect names, constantly adding to my neverending list. Who knows if I’ll use any of them? If Autumn is even still a contender? It’s still a name I love though, one you only ever really hear now when it actually is Autumn.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this, only that names are powerful. That we are named, often dislike our names but grow into them at some point or rename ourselves, and then we go on to name things too. We grow attachments to them, we give them power and what an ability that is.

(Inktober Prompt List found here. Image found here.)

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