My entire belief system and outlook on life has changed in the past 8 months, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT. Our entire lives are shaped by the thoughts we mull over and give our attention to all day. I’ve also realized that words are so powerful in influencing our thoughts, and specifically labels when they are negative and limiting.
I’ve gone through several different identities in my life, trying to be something I’m not just to belong to a certain group and feel like I have a grip on who I am... Ever since I can remember, ppl have always called me “shy” or “the quiet one” and I’ve let those labels stick with me. I began to see myself in that way and lived everyday according to that idea of myself. I clung to it and allowed those words to limit me so much. Yes I tend to be pretty low key and introverted and I love to be alone and that’s OKAY but it’s not okay to place that label on myself and let it keep me from doing things that I might not otherwise do if I didn’t have that idea of myself.
It’s like when ppl say they have a mental disorder or a problem of some kind. Yes I think it’s good to accept yourself and be open about your struggles but if you are constantly thinking “I have anxiety” or “I am addicted” or “I can’t afford it” then you constantly reaffirm those ideas to yourself and make that your reality.
I’m not saying that I’m completely free from all labels but I’m striving each day to let go and ask myself “What do I WANT TO DO TODAY? If I didn’t associate myself with any identity or classify myself in any group... what do I want to do??” Bc we grossly underestimate ourselves and our human potential. We are INFINITE. We are transcendent of any label or worldly identity. I am so many things and I can’t put myself in a box anymore. I still don’t know who I am but I see that as a good thing now bc I love to learn more about myself everyday. If I knew exactly who I was, I might not be open to expanding beyond that... I’m sorry this turned into a novel. If anyone actually read this whole thing I appreciate it. Just had to get this off my chest.