Think of what’s closest to my name in pronunciation…
Get this scenario– I walk into a Starbucks, thirsty to get something to drink, probably somewhere on a mall with a lot of people in line who are just like me waiting to tell the barista what they want to drink.
When it’s my turn in line, I first tell the barista my proper name.
Then he says: “what?”
That’s when I start to spell my name to him. And this has often been the case.
So I figured out this, you don’t have to be official on this. I just thought of the closest pronunciation to my name and that’s “Smith”.
I went with other names too at first eg, Michael, James…
But I often got this back in reply with their quirky gaze at me: “you don’t look like a Michael to me”.
I learned this while I was touring around U.S. I wish there was Starbucks here in Kabul.
Since then life has been much easier.