Theme: “Secrets” By: One Republic
Quote: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
-William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet
"We humans feel so strongly attached to names. Everything must have a name after all, because if it didn’t then... well, what would you call it? As much as I love to write. The thing I struggle with most is, you guessed it. Names. Titles, Characters, Towns, Worlds, everything needs a name and we want the name to be catchy, clever, and most importantly, memorable.
Writers want an image to come to mind when the name is spoken. Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa, Hitler, Batman, Harry Potter, The Statue of Liberty, The Grand Canyon... You get the idea. As you heard, or more accurately read these names; images of individuals came to mind. Possibly such as; A man hung on a cross, a humble woman serving the poor, a short dictator with a strange mustache, a scary individual with pointy ears, clad in black and fighting crime, a boy with a lightning shaped scar and round glasses, a lady in a toga made of stone holding a torch, or an enormous canyon so immense that it takes your breath away.
No matter what you believe in, names are crucial. If my dad called me ‘Hey you’ instead of my name, I wouldn’t feel too good about myself. I would even doubt that he loved me. In fact, history has proven one of the best ways to break a person’s spirit, is to steal their name. The result was losing their identity. Thus, I endeavor to put a great deal of thought into my names. To be honest though, sometimes a word just pops in my mind and I go with it. That way I can move on.
This blog however, is something I wanted to have a meaningful name for, something that described what I hopped for it to achieve. I wanted to share what I have on my heart, or write what I’m inspired to talk about after hearing a song, or watching a movie. I wanted to be able to express frustrations or give my side of a debate without having to start an argument. Two things helped shape what I wanted to call this blog, the fact that I’m a writer and that I have secrets. Things people don’t know about me and would never guess.
I’m a hyper introvert, not that I can’t be around people, but I don’t like to speak up in social gathering because in all honesty, no one allows it to be quite enough for me to speak. I like to think before speaking, mull over what I’m thinking, make sure I’ve thought things out clearly, and am emotionally ready for any possible disagreement or mentally prepared for further questions, should they want me to expound on the matter. Then by the time I’m ready to speak, people have moved to a new topic. With writing, you get to go back and fix it. The spoken word is not so forgiving. Once the words are spoken, it’s out there and you can’t undo what was said.
An old saying comes to mind “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” — Abraham Lincoln.
So a blog is a perfect place to share what I think and feel without having to hurry and hastily give poorly constructed thoughts. So I kicked around many ideas, a good friend (The one who suggested I start a blog mind you), said to make it catchy and two words if possible. I wish I could say I was all ‘Thank you, great idea!’, but inwardly I’m going ‘Man.. I had a few ideas, but none that short...’
Thus brings me to the song I consider my soul theme. “Secrets” By: OneRepublic. I was captured the first time I heard this song. The pronounced strings, the beautiful voice of the lead singer, but even more than that. The lyrics:
‘I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kinda boring
Need something that I can confess
Til' all my sleeves are stained red
From all the truth that I've said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw me wink, no
I've been on the brink, so
Tell me what you want to hear
Something that will light those ears
Sick of all the insincere
I'm gonna give all my secrets away
This time, don't need another perfect lie
Don't care if critics ever jump in line
I'm gonna give all my secrets away’
This is me in a nut shell. If ever there was a song that captured the essence of my private self, this was it. I call it my theme song. Why? If I had to give up every pleasure this world has to offer, but one. The one I would keep would be writing. There is an intense power within writing, a sense of fulfillment and wisdom in the written word. Sharing your heart and soul via ink, paint, crayon or digital text. I don’t even really care if people read the blog. Don’t get me wrong I hope people do, but its more something I have to do than something I want to use to get popular. So with all this in mind I finally limited my ideas to a few names that I kicked around, such as; “A Writers Secrets”, “Working Secrets”, “Secret Workings”, “A Life’s Journey”, “Simple Secrets”, “Written Secrets” and lastly landed on “Secret Writings”.
This will be my place to share secrets. My writings. This won’t be a place for people to debate and argue. I’m simply sharing what I think and feel, years from now I may look back at some blogs and go “Wow, that was pretty off target there.” Don’t get me wrong, I plan to research things as well, depending on the topic and quote my sources, but in a way this is a sort of online diary where anyone who happens across this page will get a little insight into the inner dialog that kicks around inside my brain. Expect honesty, personal experiences, real emotions and most importantly, what I believe. Our beliefs are the filters we see life through. How else could two people at the same job doing the same thing have the opposite opinion “I hate my job...” and “I love my job!”? Our beliefs are the invisible baggage (Bad-weighs you down) and luggage (Good-necessities for the journey), we bring into every area of our life.
Now that you know the origin of the name, I hope your interest is piqued enough to want to read more and if you would like to suggest a topic, simply comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I just may do it!
Peace and Blessings!