Society has set up neat little boxes for what we “should” be and breaking out of those boxes can be scary. So people tend to stick to these little boxes allowing ourselves to be labeled to fit them.

I am not against self-labeling. Self-labeling could be a means to forge identity and create community. When we can put a name to how we feel, think, identify, it gives us a vocabulary to describe ourselves and communicate who we are to others. Being able to figure out which label, if any, fits helps a lot of people understand themselves better.

However, what these labels might do is create assumptions. When we are taken in by a label, we are taken in by opinions and beliefs. This makes you wonder why people see only a narrow view of an expansive and complicated human being. When labeling ourselves or others lead to assumptions, it obscures the contents of the individual. 

I am one of those people who are easily annoyed by assumptions. Sometimes reasonably. Sometimes unreasonably. I don’t take assumptions lightly. And I rarely assume how and what people are because I myself hated it if others do that to me. So I try my best not to. So I create an expectation onto everybody to not assume. And right there, I assume. I assume that just because i don’t, everybody else also shouldn’t.

With that, I’m leaving everyone with how then can we live in a world that is filled with all of these little boxes for us to choose and fit ourselves in them. So what if you do not have a box that fits you?

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#society #assumptions 

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"The hours between 12am and 6am
have a funny habit of making you feel
like you’re either on top of the world,
or under it."

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Be Alive.

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely, aware.” –Henry Miller

To be alive is to feel. Feel love, feel your heart get broken, and then feel love again.  Feel gut-wrenching sorrow. Feel scared and nervous. Feel joy. Feel your authentic, real, true self.

Life is raw. That’s why you get one: o-n-e, you get one turn on this ride. Life is life. There will be light and darkness, comfortable times, uncomfortable times, fun times and hard times. Whether or not you accept the dark, not so easy times, they are going to be there anyway. Life is funny like that.

The other funny thing about life is that absolutely nothing is permanent.

What kind of adventure would life be if you knew exactly what was going to happen at every single moment? What would you feel? Nothing at all.

Forget all of the overly complicated and overwhelming expectations you had of what it meant to live life to the fullest.

To be alive is to be aware.

Be aware.
Be alive.

- inspired by the words of Grace Hildebrand.

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#be alive #life 

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