Drop The Label! They Don’t Define You…
What is the main ideology behind labels? It is narrowed down to these words – Distinguishing and separating.
Black. White. Hispanic. Asian. Indian. Christian. Muslim. Buddhist. Atheist. Agnostic. Learned. Illiterate. Rich. Poor. Genius. Dullards…
THESE ARE ALL LABELS!!! They thing about labels is that they are what the society tags you. Nobody is born with these labels. They don’t define you. What defines you is so much deeper. It’s not superficial. This explains why people constantly keep proving these labels wrong. Many people labelled as dullards in school because of their poor academic performance in certain subjects have emerged as gods in other aspects of life. So many people labelled as poor have certainly risen above that label. Find your niche and excel there. We are in a society that loves to categorize and label everything, but I strongly believe that these labels have nothing to do with reality. I repeat again, THESE LABELS DO NOT DEFINE US!
For instance, in the educational system students are labeled based on their academic performance especially in examinations that test more of your memory than your intelligence. Based on these labels, we have A students, B students, C students and the dull students. Of course the A students are often considered as being more of a human than the average students. A lot of students suffer from massive depression and low self-worth because they have chained their identity to these labels. So what if you are not good in calculus? Does that make you worthless? We all have strengths and weaknesses. Learn to amplify and praise your strengths than wallowing in self-pity over weaknesses that everybody has. Your flaw may be my beauty. My weakness may be your strength. What can I say? WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT!
In my college days, I heard of the story of this young girl that was art inclined. She was always praised by teachers and admired greatly by the students for her outstanding performances in drama and debate. Our school had two major class divisions for the senior students, science and art. We were very surprised when this lady that has shown a great inclination towards art and zero desire for science joined the science class division. It was later learnt that the parents had this distorted notion that medicine was the only noble profession and other professions were inferior so they coaxed her to join the science class division. She struggled with the science subjects but managed to make it to the final exams.During one of the final exams, she had a complete mental breakdown.
She started acting crazy and had to be taken out of the exam hall; and she couldn’t graduate with her mates because of her condition. Her parents too may never get that desire of having a doctor in their home granted because the experience did not leave this multi-talented girl the same. Sometimes, I wonder where she would have been now if she pursued her dreams. She had so much potentials so I’m certain had she refused to let labels define her, she would have been very famous by now.
I don’t completely condemn with these labels. What I have a problem with is people chaining their identities to these labels. They are just names and trust me, they do not define you. Did you know that Albert Einstein was labeled ‘mentally handicapped’ by his teachers and parents? Walt Disney was labeled one with ‘poor imagination’ by his former employee. Did you know that Charles Darwin was labeled ‘ordinary and with intellect below common standard’ by his father? What was later the outcome of these people? Don’t you think it contrasted sharply with these labels?
Shine like the light you are. Learn yourself. Take time to look within you and find out what really defines you because only then will these labels not matter.
Have you ever been labeled before? How did you feel and how did you cope with it? Please leave a comment.
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