Don’t accept the labels people place on you. We live in a world that labels us from the time we are born. Why do we feel the need to label and categorize each other? Is life just easier if we can put each other in boxes instead of truly connecting? The million-dollar question is how do we escape our labels?
First, we are a cute little baby who uses smiles to get what we want from our caregivers. Second, we hit the terrible twos and become a house wrecker. Third, we hit school and have to become a great student until our mid-twenties when we hit our working years. Our job defines us until we retire. One of the first questions people ask is “what do you do for a living?” If we answer a professional career such as a doctor or teacher, we receive instant regard. If we answer a lawyer watch the room empty out.
So, what is the solution? Allowing people to label us is fine but we don’t have to accept every label as being truth. If someone says you are a kind person and you feel that you are a kind person, accept the label. If someone says you are an evil person, ignore it. The evil person is probably the person accusing you.
Recently, a minister who put words into my mouth because I refused to answer his questions attacked me online. He was misinformed about my beliefs and accused me of various “heresies.” I ignored him, which only fuelled his fire to attack me even more relentlessly for weeks (as anyone on my Facebook Public Figure page knows from his 20+ postings a day). He demanded that I answer his questions as if he got to play God. The safest place to attack someone is the anonymous Internet world where people can hide behind usernames as they post to blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other online communities. I learned years ago when my writing first started to hit the Internet, ignore the naysayers as they are usually just jealous of others successes because they aren’t living to their full potential. I hope that over time I have inspired them to do whatever they are meant to do on this planet instead of attacking me.
Only accept the labels that connect to who you are as an exceptional human being. Keep you head up and have a great week!