I have 2 people very close to me that want to be called something other than their given name. What a weird thing. I knew a girl in middle school that did that for a year or so, but suddenly she was her old name again.
These 2 wanted to have a break and start something new. Be something different than they had been.
But here's the thing, I have years of memories with them. Years of laughing and eating (because most of my life revolves around food), and fun with that name. I don't want them to be something new. I want the person they are. I want to keep saying that name and having all those good memories come back every time I say it.
So for the moment I am holding my own personal French strike and not actually calling them anything.