My four year old granddaughter has labeled herself as being shy. She's says she's too shy to talk on the phone.. too shy to do this or that. She's an adorable and smart little girl so I hate to see her labeling like this. (I was a shy child myself. My mom tells me if anyone so much as looked at me I would hide behind her skirts.)
I was sitting here thinking about my grandchildren this morning.. something I do a lot, by the way. It struck me how much we all label ourselves in different ways. We're too tall, too short, too thin, too fat, too ugly, too dumb, etc. I began to wonder how those labels might affect how we all live our lives. What we might miss because of them.
The labels I give myself did not escape me. There were a couple in the short list above, in fact. Missing from that list though were my phobias. Social anxiety, panic attacks, a mild case of agoraphobia. Oh yes. Those can be labels, too.
I can't count the times I've thought about going to buy groceries, to get my hair cut, anything(!).. even something like looking at spa filters.. but did not because of me labeling myself. Oh! I can't do this. I have social anxiety. Nope. Can't do that either because I have agoraphobia.
I wonder how much more I could do without those labels. Maybe not a LOT more because I still DO have those issues.. but maybe more than I do now.
Do you label yourself in any way?