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What’s in a name – The beginning

Have you ever wondered about your name? Where did it come from, what does it mean and what played a part in the decision of it becoming your name? While we have no control over our name, it remains what we answer to during our lifetime. Whether we like it or not, it will forever be our name. 
Have you ever asked your parents how your name was chosen and what facts played a part? I don’t know about my name and I never had the chance to ask. All of a sudden I wonder, out of the blue im curious. Was it the sound and did it have a certain ring, was there a meaning behind the name that was appealing, or was it merely just the most current and popular name at that time? Perhaps my parents knew somebody, maybe a friend with that name and honorably I was named after them. My middle name is after my Mom’s sister who is my godmother, but I don’t know about my first name. I should ask and quench that curiosity sometime. In reality I have a total of four names I go by. My given name, my childhood nickname, my blog name and my trail name. 

My real name, a good, common German name has been a challenge for me living in a foreign country of which the name does not exist. People seldom get it right and most always pronounce it wrong. Somehow letters are added where they don’t belong, while others are skipped and disappear altogether to give it a more familiar look and meaning.

Needless to say that I didn’t want to use my real name for my blog. I wanted to remove the element of confusion and the pressure a foreign name including it pronunciation can present. I wanted it to be personal, unique, something I choose and that would resemble my journey and where life was taking me. The blog was going to be an outlet and I wanted control over the direction and course, downright to it’s name. Further I wanted it to speak to me on various levels, from the core of my beliefs to the magic that runs through my veins and sees all things beautiful. It had to touch on the artist perspective, the wanderer and gypsy, the dreamer and the hopeless romantic, the lover of nature, the optimist and the world of an aspiring free spirit that loves the unconventional life often going against the grain and the ordinary.
And so it was that Rhapsody Boheme was born, originally meant to be Bohemian Rhapsody, but of course taken by none other than Queen and not available. We all remember Bohemian Rhapsody. As the dictionary describes these two words, here is what stood out to me and what in the end found it’s fitting part of my past, my NOW and my newfound motivation for what is to come. 
*Rhapsody = An effusively enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling. (And ecstatic I was, with so much that needed to be said, it was time to stand my ground and start living. It was the perfect time to create and confide in this blog to share the experiences I often couldn’t explain myself). 

A free instrumental composition in one extended movement, typically one that is emotional or exuberant in character. (I have always been an emotional person, wearing my feelings on my sleeve, open hearted, a lover of music and it’s forms of expression. I’m not afraid of being vulnerable or even getting hurt, as everything in life molds us into who we are meant to become. That doesn’t mean that I always like it but I try to remember that there is a reason for everything. And as far as music goes, I believe it often conveys and begins when words can’t explain).

An epic poem, or a part of such a poem as a book of the Iliad, suitable for recitation at one time. (Our life is nothing but a big poem, filled with chapters that ultimately form the book of our life, our legacy and the memory we leave behind. This stood out the most to somebody who helped create my trail name and it couldn’t be more fitting. Stay tuned.)
*Boheme = A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior. (I am an artist, craving to create and dabble in various creative aspects. But I’m also a bookworm, somewhat eccentric, I collect various things found mostly in nature that will find their place later in some artwork I randomly create.

A person that tries to live by the ideals of truth, freedom and love. An individual that lives an alternative lifestyle and is looked upon from society as strange and different. 

Conventional life is ordinary and boring to me for the most part. I know that I don’t fit the norms of such, nor do I feel compelled to comply to the restrictions it brings for me. It doesn’t make me rebellious, I just want to do my own thing. As often as possible, whenever, and I want to be on my own time. I’m sure we all have our own dreams in this matter and I can only speak for myself, but more than ever, I find myself in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire, with such a passion and without any regard of the expectation and social norms that are set forth for me.

Bohemian is a lifestyle, unbounded by convention and means that you are most likely an artist, musician, anarchist or pot-smoker ha. I did heard it to be helpful for a number of ailments including my rheumatoid arthritis. But you might also have the statue of a warrior and I have the spirit of one for sure. 

Lastly it relates to behavior, unconventional as well, or appearance and the practice of individualistic, relaxed conduct. I have learned to be my own person regardless of approval and I think that our uniqueness and individuality is amazing. Why would we ever want to be anything else than ourselves? It might not always be easy and people might not always relate to you, but some will and those will stand with you all the way. For me it is the only way to live and I was never much of a follower. Even from a fashion point, I always had my own style. I was wearing things not because they were “In” at the time, but because I felt like it and because I liked the combination. Sometimes I got strange looks until my outfits actually became in style as if I had some strange insight to something I could have not possible known. I often was ahead of my time, with a intuition that served me from early on, perhaps a prior life and the memory of such. I will never know and some thing don’t need to be answered even though there is more to be said in another post some day. 

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I'm a dreamer and hopeless romantic who believes that there is always a silver lining to everything. Now, inspired by the simple life, I have learned that less is more and that we find magic all around us if we take the time to notice. Life is a journey and a process that is ever changing. We are constantly evolving in the matter of who we are as we align our stars and shed a past no longer in line with our highest self. I don't easily fit conventional norms, not because I'm a rebel, but because of resenting the pull that threatens to take me away from my true beliefs and my unique personal identity. I support the power of "Choice" and the ability for us to be the architects of our own lives. Some of these choices should have something a little wild about them as they form the moments that forever stay edged in our memory and make our hearts beat with wonder. Nobody will remember the ordinary. For myself, I'm a warrior who has fallen many times, who has gone through trails an tribulations and who is no stranger to adversity. After all, my choice remains clear, to get back up and stand stronger than ever. To recognize that it often takes our darkest moments to mold us into who we were meant to be. I have learned to trust the process and stay positive through the challenges. I trust it to be the only way to prevent my heart from hardening and allowing bitterness to creep in. I believe in the power of "NOW" as it is the only moment we truly ever have. The past is gone, unchangeable and the future hasn't happened yet. All we can impact is the current moment. Everything starts with a choice and hopefully with one that has something wild about it and may even scare you to death to execute. DO IT...I promise you won't regret it. This blog is my voice to share my Journey. If I could describe this adventure in short, I would call it "Spiritual awakening" with a yearning for "Freedom" and going after the things that truly matter. To seek a less complicated life that is stripped down from the many obligations and responsibilities that often tie us down. For me it is a life free of rules and regulations, one that allows me to escape the must expectations while jumping off the hamster wheel that is spinning faster all the time. To be on my own time and live each day to the fullest, to make it all slow down by banishing routine and unleashing my creativity/artistic values in an effort to entertain whatever subject comes to mind. And if lucky, to perhaps offer a different view to my readers, one that speaks to your soul vs. the demands of what society might expect. It is one that empowers you to be your unique self and follow the beat of your own drum. I am dreaming big as I trail blaze the path to a new life and becoming a storyteller. I find my inspiration in the little things in life, in Mother Nature and on the trail that provides the adventures and the backdrop for a book someday. My hope is to inspire "Courage" in others who might find themselves on the brink of taking that first step. This blog serves as a foundation for my collection of personal thoughts, opinions and experiences and by no means am I an expert on any topics mentioned. To my readers I would say that the universe connects us by a common thread, we all search and we all have something to say. We don't always have to meet in person to share a strong bond and people enter our path for a reason. Some stay for a short time and serve their purpose, while others teach us a lesson and help us become stronger through experience. And a few special ones remain as the treasures we hold dear over a lifetime and touch our hearts beyond means. In whatever way we are meant to be, I thank you for crossing my path and for stopping by. I hope that I have left you inspired, full of wonder and with a few "Wild Choices" to make....Hugs XO

21 thoughts on “What’s in a name – The beginning

  1. Well honestly, I never realised what I name meant until last year. Firstly, no one ever correctly spells it, neither pronounces properly. That’s really embarrassing. They all halt at “Sparsh” as if the last alphabet isn’t visible. xD.
    Your name is sure beautiful. 🙂

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  2. Roda has been my nickname since high school! Finally, I did not have to be haunted by the Beach Boy song “Help Me Rhonda” anymore! To make matters worse, my mom’s name was Barbara Ann! What were my parents thinking?

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      1. Oh I’m so sorry dear and find myself in similar circumstances. I find it sad but we adapt as the strong women we are. Not what we would choose but sometimes things are out of our control. She doesn’t even know what she is missing and what a wonderful woman she has raised. Much love and hugs to you my fairy soulsister.

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      2. Thank you so much… I am blessed that I had an amazing Father that truly made me the woman I am today! I miss him every single day…

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  3. Interesting post. I think a name is a decorated emotion . People give nicknames and swear words to express their feeling towards us. The birthname does the same aim.

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  4. My mother and father have both passed away, and I was never told a reason for my particular name. Other than my three sisters and me have the same initials Deborah Rose / Donna Ruth / Darlene Rae (me) / Doreen Renee and our father’s name was Dorman.
    My mother’s siblings named their children with D’s but we were not particularly close so I’m not sure that matters. Daniel, Denise, Daphne, Dana, Deloris, (Cathy) Diane, are just a few examples.

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    1. Wow what an amazing story and very interesting indeed. It seems there had to been a definite attachment and meaning to the letter D. Thank you so much for sharing and stopping by.

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  5. Your writing has evolved into poetry my friend. Blissful poetry! I did wonder about your choice of blog name and am intrigued by hearing your German name- do you think I’d be able to pronounce it? 😛 Someone was telling me about their adventures learning German the other day and I thought to myself, I’d love to add that language to my list. Something for the future 😉 I have been frolicking in the in-between spaces…but I’m back and will stalk your previous posts in an adequate fashion once I have a day to myself to do so. Hope you are spreaking that beautiful heart across the world and enjoying each day! Your Moon Magic Friend 😉

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    1. Awe, moonshine your message made my day as I welcome you back and thank you for the big surprise you have given me today. It was so good to hear from you and I’ve been wondering about you. Perhaps you felt my thoughts across this vast universe and I’m glad you’re back. I hope the in between spaces shed some clarity on your own journey and the next step is clear. I can’t wait to catch up as I’m sending a great big hug across the miles to tell you that you were missed and that you’re needed. Xo

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      1. I could always feel you near and can’t wait to hear all about it. The treasures you found sound magical and you are deserving of it all and much much more. Sprinkles and fairy dust to you magical moon sister

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