I thought this might be fun to do as I have seen it done on other forums I take part in. (please forgive me if its been done here too) Unlike when we are born, when we join a forum or group we often find ourselves being given the choice of names. Some of us have earned our names on the trails, some have choosen them and some have choosen us.
But in every case there is always a reason or a story to accompany it.
So here is mine. I am sad to say that I didnt choose my name on the trail but stems more from my inherent personality. Rivers can be calm, smooth and slow in no hurry to get anywhere and willing to work with its surroundings. They can also be angry wild things that can engulf the world around them. I am very much this person and although I would not say I suffer from wild mood swings I can be both a passionate and almost xen like person. I prefer to take the path of least resistance but when necessary I can carve through mountains. Rivers are also the source of life they nuture the lanscape around them; the day my daughter was born this name took on a more profound meaning for me. As she grows I can only hope I am the River that carries her home each and every time she wanders just a little to far off the trail.
I'd love to hear all about your name. Did you choose it or did others choose it for you? What does it say about you?