What's in a label?
A label is a short-hand that allows us a common language and understanding. It's gives us quick access to knowledge about something but usually, unfortunately, it leads to stereotypes and assumptions too.
Labels can be a relief.
They can offer you an explanation you lacked before.
It's sense making.
But labels can also trap you in a prison of "you're now this label".
You're a depressed person.
You're a disabled person.
Labels can lead to negative stereotypes.
You're a scrounger.
You're a burden.
You're NOT your label.
Your label doesn't explain what happened to you.
Your label doesn't get to be used against you, but people might try.
Your label isn't YOU.
Don't let it define you but don't waste time on people who wants to do that to you either.
Regardless of the label, you're first and foremost a person of value and worth.
Your life, your choice!
This is a daily, micro-blog, taking less than 2 minutes to read, offering you insights into how presumptions, beliefs and stories shape our lives and worldview, for better or worse.