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What's in a name

When I was still in the Philippines, it's very rare that somebody would ask the reason behind my name. Maybe because it's pretty common in my home country. Staying in US for three years now, I learned that my name here sounds cute, but quite odd. So they (actually most of them are my patients) naturally ask why I have this name. At first I don't have an answer. But being asked the same question from different people, I finally formulated my own version. But before that, let me tell you some interesting facts/philosophy about my name that I found online:


The name of Gelli contains within it an intense emotional power that could drive you to put forth great effort to accomplish your ambitions and to do something noteworthy and worthwhile.

Intense. Emotional power. Stop right there, I'm not quite emotional. Maybe moody or hormonal, but emotional? I'm pretty ambitious though, so I'll give you that. In terms of accomplishing things, I am more driven when I know that I do it for a purpose or for a greater good other than my personal achievement.

There are humanitarian ideals in this name, making you feel the urge to champion the cause of the downtrodden, the victims of circumstances and injustices.

I like how this sounds. Victims. Injustices. I once dreamt of becoming a lawyer, trashed the whole idea, then became a nurse instead. No regrets! I face real people who are in need of healing, and not tons of divorce papers and court drama, so there.

However, it is difficult for you to materialize your ideals because of a restless, unsettled feeling which causes you never to know just what it is that you should be working toward, and the very intensity of your nature makes systematic concentration and application a challenge.

I must agree on this one. It drives me crazy finishing things. I feel restless and unsettled. I don't know if that's anxiety speaking to me or just my thoughts on stuff that I want to pursue.

You can have intensely contrasting feelings toward people, either you are fiercely loyal or extremely intolerant.

Ask my boyfriend, Luis, and he'll agree on this. But I have the most patient boyfriend, everrrr. Lucky me!

There is rarely a happy medium in your feelings.

I'm going to disagree on this one. I don't just express my happiness, I live with it. I am happy and content with everything that's going on in my life right now. I look depressed and haggard, though, if that's what you mean. 

Consequently, you experience many disappointments in people, tragedy, and the loss of the very things for which you may be intensely striving.

Humans disappoint me, yes. But I love them nonetheless. As for personal tragedy and loss, I just suck it in. It's all about perspective. Once you learn how to tough it up, you break the chain that connects negative vibes.

Bitter experiences could make you cynical, critical, and argumentative.

No. Bitter experiences made me stronger, wiser, and lovelier more than ever.

I don't want discussing philosophy with patients because one, I don't have time. Two, they're already in pain and these things are heavy to mentally digest. So I tell them that GE is from my father, Geoffrey, and LLI is from my mom, Linda. Convincing, right? But I don't really know where my name came from. I figured it's the origin of it since most Filipinos are cheesy like that. I didn't bother asking my mom because I don't know, maybe I'm just not curious at all. 

I have more to say about me, but I'll let this blog unfold every bit of Gelli. See you around!


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