While at Menucha, we, as a group, decided to rename ourselves. My new name was Madeline "Maddy" Lily. It was all in silly fun and I adored my new name, but I wondered....could a name change really wipe the slate clean and give you a fresh start in life? Could this be the name for your alter ego, the person you always wanted to be before life got in the way? And, if so, could you say "What would Maddy do?" when a dilema arouse and get an answer not colored by your past experiences?
While tempting, in that I am at a place in my life where I would fervently like to reinvent myself, (and how many times have you asked your younger self, "what were you thinking when you selected your career path in life!?!), the thought of the work required to make a name change (credit, social security, passport, work, etc.) was more than overwhelming. What would Maddy do??? Maddy, I'm sure, would say, "not in this lifetime."