Avoiding pigeonholes

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“Pigeonholes are for pigeons” is a much quoted comment from an admired diva of blessed memory. In a simple statement, she managed to encapsulate a wide range of thoughts and feelings that motivate many folks to do their life’s work.

Labels and categories exist because human beings need to be able to describe and identify everything. If we didn’t have descriptive words, communication would be a lot more difficult than it already is.

On the other hand, it is only fair that each of us should have the right to either embrace or reject the classifications that others assign to us.

It is unlikely that labels or categories have much to do with our authentic selves. There might be some folks who are not interested in self knowledge, but the rest of us probably get to learn that fulfilment is found when we do the necessary work.

Colleagues of mine used to describe the process of being “moulded into being a product” in disparaging terms. At this point in time it has become clear that everyone needs to be allowed to work on their own personal process, as long as we don’t disrupt things for anyone else.

Originally published on www.juwonogungbe.com on the 9th of November 2019