Most people will know you your entire life and never know your middle name. Why? The first and last name is really all most people ever take the time to learn. Other than your immediate family, or significant other, who really knows your middle name? Not many. Well pull in a little closer because I am about to reveal something to you.
When I was younger, I was ashamed of my name. It was too proper for me growing up in the hood, like who would want people to know this? Arthur was not your average name in the hood, neither was Lawrence, although Lawrence was more common most just used Larry.
I once made the mistake of sharing my full name with some peers on my school bus, boy did they have a few good laughs on the way home. I wanted to bury myself under that tight bus row seat. Instead, I cracked a few jokes back at some of them, and brushed it off like it was all good. Looking back on my life now I realize I was ashamed of my full name.
You see as a young man I did not understand the value of knowing my name. There are a few people out here today who were not fortunate enough to ever know their real names. There I was being ashamed to know mine. It took some time for me to realize a person’s name is their greatest connection to their own identity. When someone hears their name being called it heightens their attention, in any crowded room it will get their attention.