This week I am thinking about the labels we put on ourselves, the labels other people put on us, and the labels we want. Partly because today is PTSD Awareness Day, and partly because a colleague is celebrating a different diagnosis that has given him relief and closure.
I had an article published on Quiet Revolution! It is:
An open letter to everyone who has ever made me feel like there is something wrong with me—unintentionally or otherwise.
Read it here:
Hope it is relatable – I’ve had some really nice comments on it already, which is awesome!
I’m not shy
I don’t have low confidence
I don’t prefer quiet environments
I am usually quite happy and cheerful
I don’t dislike you (probably)
I’m not bored (probably)
I’m not mysterious or thinking deep thoughts
I don’t need you to speak up for me or talk to other people for me
I don’t need you to help me to be louder or to invite me to talk
Calling me quiet like it’s a bad thing (or doing any of these) does make me want to hit you
*emphasis on the ASS
Add your own to this list in the comments!