Don’t Let Labels Define You
“The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings from one another.”
-Simone de Beauvoir
**A/N: This post contains my own thoughts and opinions, please keep an open mind**
I have to admit, I grew up as a kid who loved to watch the television series, Glee. If you don’t know what it is, it’s basically a musical comedy-drama about a bunch of high-school kids who join the glee club despite the restrictions of their school’s status quo. If I look back at it now, that show was pretty cheesy, but it taught me one of the lessons that I am proud to be living by until today. And that lesson is to not let labels define you.
There are so many things that can define a person. But these days, people like to classify themselves into very specific categories. Even if you don’t classify yourself into one, trust me, at some point someone is going to do it for you. Take me as an example, I’ve heard tons through my eighteen years on Earth. Nerd, loser, fat, ugly; I’ve heard them all. When I was a bit younger, I took it seriously but now that I think about it, I shouldn’t have. No one should.
Never let anyone define you because every single one of us isn’t just a single thing. We’re a combination of a lot of things; some could be positive and some could be negative. You might be (not trying to be rude) a loser to some people, but there must be something else that you’re good at. I’m not saying that you should try to change the negative parts of you either. It’s what makes you..well, you.
I feel like one of the weirdest things in the world that I see is people labelling themselves and/or others by their religion, gender, or ethnicity. I know it might not seem weird to other people, but I find it kind of peculiar. I’m not saying it’s wrong either, if you’re one of those people, I respect how you see the world. My only point is, take the time when we were still kids, in our purest and most innocent form, when we played with other kids, did we take into consideration the fact that the person we were playing with was a different ethnicity from us or if they had a belief that was different from us? We didn’t, unless our parents told us to. I understand that our parents know what’s best for us, but you have to think about it. Is it wrong to be friends or have relationships with people who are different?
I believe that in the end, it all comes down to you. Each and every one of you is a powerful and unique being. As long as you’re not hurting yourself or anybody else, you’re doing it right. Plus, don’t be afraid to make a couple of mistakes, it’s just part of the never-ending journey of finding yourself. There are endless possibilities that you could do in life. We were put on this Earth to enjoy and be ourselves, not to confine yourself to a single label. So don’t let anyone or anything define you because the only person who can tell you who you are, is you.
Here’s one of the songs from Glee, listen to it if you’d like:)