There are times in life when you have to leave things behind. There are times when you have to let go of what went before, and clear the slate for new and better things. This is one of those times.
I’ve previously written and published work under my married name, but as some of you may know (or suspect) my marriage is over.
Many years ago, my husband gave me his name, and now I am letting him have it back. It no longer belongs to me, or represents who I am.
In my personal life, I have reverted to my maiden name. As a writer, I will be going forward under the name Wendy Maddison.
As a wordsmith, I believe in the power of words and the importance of naming things, describing them in their essence. The name or label we put on things can entirely change how we perceive them, or what we see when we hear those words. The image created in our minds by the word “flower” is quite different to that created by the word “rose”.
Therefore, for me it is important that my name no longer reflect the person I was before, so that I may become the person I want to be.
I hope you will continue with me on that journey…
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