I’ve always been fond of simple things. While I must admit complexity has its own allure, simplicity allows a space for growth and poignancy that could otherwise be overshadowed. Are nuances and intricacies important? Of course, but nothing starts out complex. Everything comes from something. Even your name.
My name is Yazmarr. My mom- being the creative woman that she is- made it up by combining the names Yasmin and Marra. Her rationale was that since she has an interesting name (Denia) her kid had to have one too. And so it was.
No one knew how to pronounce it or what origin it came from, so they had to ask me. All. The. Time. I couldn’t understand people’s fascination with it. It was just a name. Yet, as I got older I realized it wasn’t just a name. It was my name. No other name is brimmed with my mother’s creativity or my childhood frustration or anything else that has made up my life.
Something that came purely from my mother’s imagination now holds so much significance. So learning someone’s name is not just a simple act of memorization, it’s the first insight as to who they are. However, making that first step is often daunting. Luckily by the efforts of various organizations a new event is coming to UGA. Dawg Tag Day. On April 13, there’ll be tables with name tag and markers. The idea is that by wearing name tag that first barrier is broken down and it’s that much easier to meet someone new.
So to my future friends, coworkers, teammates while I may not know you yet, on Wednesday we’ll start with a “Hello.”