“People are too complicated to have simple labels.”
Philip Pullman

It is amazing how long we can carry labels that have been given to us by other people. It may have been a parent, relative, significant other, bully, sibling or teacher… But somewhere in the past someone most likely projected a label on to you and you took it to define who you were.

Firstly, we need to acknowledge the existence of labels, challenge the ‘fit,’ and then question the impact they have on our concept of who we are.

How do you label yourself? Are you a career woman, a mum, a plumber, a golfer? Are you a failure or a winner? Are you a ‘cute’ girl or a ‘chubby’ guy’?

Labels stick and are enduring… and have the power to help construct someone’s self identity.

Remember that opinions and labels from others are just that, their opinion and labels. To have self worth we need to be independent of the opinions of others. It is so liberating to know that our reality and how we see ourselves is not defined by others, but how we define ourselves.

You can re-label yourself to match who you see yourself to be. And within that comes great freedom…’s empowering and it’s liberating.

Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.”
Martina Navratilova


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