1. You spent years staying strong and adamant that people should learn to pronounce your name.
2. You've tried butchering your own name to make it a little more pronounceable.
3. But you eventually got tired and started going by a nickname.
4. So now you feel weird when your old friends refer to you by your full name.
5. You always knew you were coming up in the register when the teacher took a long pause.
6. And you'd do a double take if someone actually got it right on the first try.
7. When the teacher said your name wrong, the whole class would correct them for you.
8. This was better than them erupting into laughter when someone mispronounced it.
9. And teachers would never call on you because they didn't want to say your name.
10. Introducing yourself to someone new is always hell.
11. Three repeats is always the limit of the back and forth.
12. After that, either you give up and let them call you whatever.
13. Or they give an unconvincing nod and pretend that they've got it
14. People actually suggest alternate spellings for you.
15. You feel painfully anxious when your name is going to be called out in front of lots of people.
16. And you never even bother looking for your name on things like this.
17. Because you're used to the disappointment of every single named item in a souvenir shop.
As a kid you settled for generic alternatives like "diva" and "lad".