"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet"
Was Juliet right in saying this? Does a name really not matter? How important is a name?
Juliet's not exactly a role model. (Don't even get me started on her romance with Romeo, because that's a whole different messy lecture right there.) So, I'm afraid I don't agree with her declaration, however tender it sounds. For us humans at least, names hold power and a lot of meaning. God didn't entrust Adam to name all the creatures for fun and to kill time; it was meant to give man a sense of responsibility and practice his intellectual capability. If names didn't matter, then I should be able to easily change my name like I change my clothes. As soon as we exit our mothers' bellies, we are instantly given names. Sometimes, parents have already planned it months before. Why put so much thought into something so seemingly trivial like a few letters put together?
I believe that there's an interesting story behind every name, which helps mold the individual and assures a person that he/she is unique from another. Parents choose specific names in hopes of great achievements for their children in the future, and, to self-aware individuals, our names, in turn, also provide us that sense of ambition following their meanings. We'd want to truly own the name that we were given and announce to the world that, "Hey, this is me, and I'm doing great things." We should aim to wear our names proudly.
My full name is Angela Paz Fides, which means "Angel of Peace and Faith". Because of this, I try to live up to it. I'm not a saint, obviously, but I do attempt to achieve the purpose behind these names and at least try to become a good person, be full of conviction, and act as an instrument of harmony, as my names suggest. My name reminds me of my past, my present, and the possibilities there are for my future. By treating my name as an honor and a guide, it contributes to my confidence, and motivates me to pursue my dreams and achieve my goals the right way.
And so, what's in the name Gela? After years of constantly reshaping the mold, I'd like to think that she stands for the restless wanderers, the whimsical dreamers, and the humble hearts -- those who have their heads in the clouds but their feet placed firmly on the ground. This is why I'm damn proud to be a Gela. There are certainly other Gelas out there, but I say: nobody else can carry the name quite like I do.