Recently I wrote an article and then made a video presentation of I Am Not a “Label” — Being Our Own Best Cheerleader. In the introduction of the article, I shared how I became aware of how the remnants and the effects of a “label” distracted me. I then went on to speak about the concept of “label” and how “labels” can affect and impact the lives of individuals.
After writing, publishing and creating a video presentation a good friend helped me to consider the question: Are You “Anchored to” and “Limited By” the Label of “Brain Injury”?
After writing and publishing the article, I shared the article and video presentation with several Facebook Groups, on LinkedIn, and on Twitter. In response to posting the article and video presentation, I received several comments thanking me and for the contents of the article. Comments telling me that content of the article and video presentation helped them. Helped them to understand the limits of a “label”.
“One of the comments, from a very good friend of mine, encouraged me to begin to look at “things” in a different way. In a way, that would no longer “anchor” me to the impact of a “label”.
Let me explain. In the article that I wrote in May of 2010, included in I Am Not a “Label” — Being Our Own Best Cheerleader, I shared that I no longer wanted to identify, individuals such as myself, as traumatic brain injury survivors. At the time of writing the article in May 2010, I said that I would start referring to individuals, like myself, as individuals living with brain injuries. In the comment that I received from my friend, he helped me to see that I had, in reality, replaced one label, with another label. From “brain injury survivors” to “individuals living with brain injuries”. My friend helped me to realize that by identifying myself with a brain injury, that I was still, in effect, identifying myself with a brain injury.
By doing so, I anchored and limited who I am to my brain injury.
As I thought about what my friend shared with me, I thought about a quote. I thought about the quote in the context of what I need to do differently. I realized that I needed to look at the way that I identified myself. I realized that I need to stop identifying myself with my brain injury. Not that I deny the impact of my brain injury, but that I stop anchoring and limiting myself to the beliefs often associated with the “label” of brain injury. What my friend encouraged me to do is to stop referring to myself as an individual living with the impact of a brain injury. What my friend helped me to realize was that I could cut the “rope” that keeps me tied, anchored and limited to the “label” of “brain injury” and consider the immensity of possibilities.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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