What do I mean to #TranscendLabels? 🤔
Well, we all use labels in one form or another.
We use them with political parties (Republican, Democrat, Independent), with ethnicities (African American, White, Asian), with sexual orientation (Gay, Straight, Bisexual), with food habits (Paleo, Atkins, Vegan), etc. 💬
Labels provide simplicity to an infinitely complex world.
📌 They provide us feelings of certainty.
📌 They provide us clarity about the things we wish to understand more about versus the things we don’t.
📌 They provide us a sense of connection to groups who share our beliefs and values.
My point is, we need labels. None of us would be able to cognitively function in our day-to-day lives if we didn’t use them! 😅
And yet…labels are also a double-edged sword. 🗡️
Because the more labels we create, the more we paradoxically limit our abilities to better understand one another. Inadvertently, we start to see people less as people and more through the filters of these newfound labels. 🙌
🙌 Instead of the individual, we have a group identity.
🙌 Instead of varying political views, we have a political party to choose.
🙌 Instead of understanding someone’s emotional patterns, we have a diagnosis.
Again, labels are not intrinsically good or bad. They have tradeoffs, and in my eyes it carries a really expensive tradeoff for me when I was younger.
Why? Because I wouldn’t be where I am today if I kept holding onto my childhood labels.
😔 “I can’t because I have Autism.”
😔 “I can’t because I’m an Introvert.”
😔 “I can’t because I’m… I’m… I’m…”
Labels have their place, but I urge you: don’t let them dictate what you think you’re capable of doing like I did. ⚠️
They are an EXPLANATION, not a DESTINATION. ❤️
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