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You are more than your labels
By Clay Lowe • Issue #20 • View online
OK some of you may have read the follow opener already if you follow me on Twitter or read my blog. But I think Chad Dickerson thoughts on why we should embrace our complexity instead of trying to reduce ourselves to a profile bio. As Chad says:
Maybe if we all gave each other the space to be complex people — not reduced to public perception, our professional bios, our LinkedIn profiles, others’ narratives of who we are — we might understand each other better and give ourselves the room to be messy but wondrous human beings
As I wrote in my post this morning:
I spend a lot of time fighting with myself inside. On one side of the divide, I’m trying to limit myself online, to niche as as they say, because the logic goes: you’ll attract a larger audience, the narrower you go.
On the other side of the line is me, the renaissance man, the jack of all trades, the curious George into everything.
I hate the idea of putting myself in a narrowly defined boxed.
I like things to be messy.
I feel as human beings we have the capacity to be many things all at the same time and that we don’t need to be small, we can be big and expansive into anything and everything, exploring our curiosity.
We don’t have to be like insects and be specialists. We should indeed celebrate our infinite capacity to be many things.
A friend of mine read the post on my blog and reminded me of a poem I wrote once on the topic of be put in a box:
In a box
Constrain the four corners
Of who I am
What they can’t understand
Is I don’t fit
In a box
But that doest stop
Other people trying
Every which way the can
To stuff me
In a box
I’d rather ride the waves
Of infinite possibilities
Exploring more realities
Than live
In a box
If I think as small
As they want me to think
I’ll be small enough
To fit
In a box
But that’s not for me
I guess some people
Are happy to live
In a
And of course there is Robert A. Heinlein’s quote:
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

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