Maybe it’s in our name; I know it is for me. Not many people know this but Sonny isn’t my real name. I know, the horror! Well, my birth name is Sandeep (sun-deep), an Indian name from the Punjabi dialect. You’re probably wondering why I don’t use it much? Well, I actually did in grade school and into high school. Even though it was much harder to pronounce than Sonny, which was the nickname given to me at a young age, I stuck with it. But it wasn’t until college that I decided to solely go by Sonny, unless it was on legal papers. Though I haven’t forgotten my roots with my real name, Sonny slowly became a part of my character, defining me and my personality.
What got me thinking about this idea is the social space that we live in and the communities we’re building. We divulge much of our personal and professional lives online – for the sake of authenticity and to build relationships with people we come across on Twitter, Facebook, our blogs, etc.
Even with that ‘transparency’, there are some things that not everyone knows about us. OK, maybe not those hidden secrets that no one should really know – but the things that make us unique and different, the things that have shaped us or have defined our character (such as the story of my name), or the little details that we sometimes don’t mention but are so important to who we are and where we’ve come from.
Enough about the revelation in my name though, I want to hear your story. What’s one (or more) things that the community may not know about you? Big or small, let’s hear it.