Don’t label yourself. You can say that you are a writer or a sculptor or a gardener. But those things aren’t who you are. They are just things you do.

I thought of myself as a writer. But I’m really not. It’s not who I am. It’s something I do. Or don’t do.

Not all labels are bad. I am a mother, a daughter of God. Those things never go away. But a lot of other stuff is temporary and not that important.

We ask little kids what they want to be when they grow up, but it’s sort of a silly question. You are you. There is a lot more to you than a single career or a single hobby.

Sometimes we do end up failing–and if we have confused who we are with what we do, we end up feeling like failures. We feel discouraged and depressed (I think depression can come from being confused about who you really are). But if you fail, you’re not a failure as a person. You just failed at this one thing.

We should do things for the right reasons, not because we are living up to a label.

As an extension of this, I think we should be careful not to label those around us. Especially our children.

Your worth lies in the fact that you are a child of God, not because you are successful at something you do.

Being a person is a lot more than what you can summarize in a list of labels. We try and we might succeed, but what matters most is we is try, we love, we grow.


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