No doubt even something as simple as a name change on social media can have a tremendous impact on one’s identity toward their network of friends. Many people have asked me why I changed my name, when will I change it back and most of all… Do I go by David or Dirk?
When I initially changed the name, I wanted people to call me Dirk. However being as established as I am here in Denver, it is not exactly an easy transition and I started to forget to whom and how I introduced myself to people, thus I got more confused myself than others have. So, I have told people that while I prefer Dirk, I respond to both.
The change represents the precursor to a major impending life change for me. To end one chapter and begin anew. While I am not entirely sure what that will fully entail, it does include leaving Denver and starting somewhere new and with a clean slate but when and where? Who knows! All I know it is including a new name, Dirk.