In one of the homilies I attended weeks ago, the priest asked us: Are you living up to your name? Honestly, I haven’t. I’ve been distracted the past weeks that I’ve put on so much pressure on myself to be perfect in my workplace, to be strong for my dad, and to think that everything is OK, but in reality it’s not.
When you Google Christian, it’s all about religion. But what does the Christian name mean? According to babycenter.com Christian means
“Follower of Christ.” It’s usually a boys’ name but was popular for girls in Scotland in the 17th and 18th centuries. And the name Christian is a popular name to male babies, in fact in 2013, it was the fourth most popular name here in the Philippines according to ABS-CBN news, and in the US it is the 55th most popular name with 0.337% names used across the State. When I asked my dad why I was named Christian, he answered because I was born days before Christmas. Knowing these facts, I’ve forgotten how it is to be Christian and “Christian”. The Christian that people know is mataray. Yeah – that is my brand, so they say.
Truth be told, I am a perfectionist. Not do I only make everything complicated, I, most of the time, overdo things just to make it perfect. Not knowing, that achieving the goal and adding value unto it is different from being perfect. I’m afraid of heights and not adventurous. I’m not a beach person, I’d rather watch chick flicks than horror/suspense/thriller movies. I don’t like the feeling of eating alone, but I guess I’m getting used to it. And the list goes on and on.
Going back to Christian and “Christian”. There are a lot of things that people don’t know about me, but I’ve been tagged as mataray because that’s the message I send out to people. But I don’t want it to stop there, talk to me get to know the real me and you’ll say that I’m a bubbly warm person that people can talk to. And you’ll know that the traits I’ve mentioned are some of the first few traits that you’ll know about me.
I don’t want to be preachy here, but there are moments in life that we tend to move away from the right path – whatever our reason may be, it’s human nature – but always remember to go back to Him, reconcile with Him and everything will be balanced and is going to be OK.
The personal brand that I want to achieve is to keep moving forward. (Lifted from Disney’s Meet the Robinsons.) In this changing and evolving world, we never know what’s in store for us, so its best to be ready, to adapt to changes and to keep moving forward.
To keep moving forward, we must face challenges the world throws towards us head on – but I’ll stop here because this is for a different blog post.