Every moment of every day we bear the burden of labels.
Even when we sleep we are still, in retrospect, ‘dreamers’, ‘insomniacs, ‘snorers.
Labels can be useful to get a quick impression of a person, but too often those impressions are automatically filed into categories that only serve our expectations and establish our social standing in relation to; ‘boss’, ‘barista’, ‘beggar’. It’s comforting to quickly settle into a power/control or submission/petition role. It’s human nature to seek comfort.
But comfort deceives.
The labels we assign to others and even those we assign to ourselves limit our potential for growth and understanding.
Nuance and flexibility are a roadblock to our certitude.
They make us uncomfortable.
Choose to be happy with discomfort.