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I just released my channel trailer for my new YouTube channel, and I need to explain where the name came from.
I am a one-trick pony; I am just a programmer and nothing more. This has always bothered me, and I have spent a long time trying to find some way to become more than just a programmer.
On top of that, because I am just a programmer, my more adventurous wife finds herself becoming bored with the very things I like: routine. I have wanted to make her life more interesting.
To both of those ends, I have been trying to find a good idea for a YouTube channel for nearly two years that might solve both problems. It was only in January that I found one: expanding my comfort zone by making myself uncomfortable.
This was a good idea for two reasons:
- Apparently, when I am uncomfortable, I am entertaining.
- The very things that make me uncomfortable are the things my wife loves.
Now, in the several months between January and now, I have filmed several episodes for the Enverge channel, but introducing a video by saying, “It's time to make myself uncomfortable!” was a mouthful. It also wasn't catchy.
So I asked my wife, Courtney, to help me come up with a name. She was the one who suggested basing it off of the word “verge,” and after a lot of thinking, I came up with “enverge.”
The connotation is about putting yourself on the “verge” of something; for me, it is quite literal because I hate heights, and putting myself on a real verge is terrifying. And that's why I liked it.
So what does it mean exactly? Well, it actually has two definitions, both related:
- To make oneself uncomfortable.
- To step outside of one's comfort zone, in order to grow.
The extra cool thing about this word was that it gave us another one for free: “averge.” It intentionally sounds like “averse,” but it is the opposite of “enverge.” It means:
- To make oneself comfortable.
- To get oneself back into one's comfort zone.
So that is the story behind the word. Perhaps, in the future, my wife will be less bored.