Labels

How many of you have lived the life of something you were labeled? Called something that belittled your potential and character of what you were trying to become?

I finally got the chance to watch the movie Joker and I cannot help but to talk about how much this movie exuded Mental Illness.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Do you know how the villain received the name “Joker?” A comedian that he idolized called him a Joker that was deliberately meant to belittle his live stand up on national t.v. It wasn’t because it was a fun, popular, made up nickname that was given by a childhood friend or because it was a popular name that everyone wanted to call him and that he embraced. It was a label. It was a cruel name used to make fun of something that he loved to do and that was to simply make people laugh. Joker may not sound too bad but to him, it was rude. It was a degrading name that insulted his hobby and character. And it was a name he lived as a villain and menace to society.

Have you ever been labeled? Someone told you, you were lazy, bad, or had a disability in school? A teacher told you that your children have ADHD because they couldn’t contain there Hyperactive personality? Perhaps someone called you stupid or that you were too small to play on the team. What were you labeled that caused you to live up to the name?

I don’t know who told you that you are not qualified for that position or that you don’t match the skill set needed to lead or manage in a high paid- senior level position.

I don’t know who told you that you are too ugly, too big, too small, too short, too tall, too dark, too light, or overall have a distinct appearance that has been used as criticism to offset events, roles, relationships, positions, and many other areas in your life.

I don’t know who told you that you are not intelligent enough to be among the most articulated social scene and state your opinion on topics of things going on in the world.

I don’t know who told you, you are unwanted and that you are too difficult to be loved

I don’t know who told you that you are dumb or incompetent and cannot get into that school, buy that house, or start a new business because you don’t have that college degree or the financial literacy to establish your own empire.

I don’t know who told you that you are stuck and should settle with certain situations in your life as if this is as good as it gets.

I don’t know know who told you that. I don’t know who labeled you and it stuck with you so now you feel as though you are not good enough. But you have to break through the labels, the name calling, the negative thoughts, the degrading thoughts, the voice that fed you this nonsense. You are who YOU decide that you should become.

You. Are. Enough. And whatever you think you aren’t, prove to yourself that you are more than enough.

Most importantly, be kind to others. You never know what others are dealing with at home, at work, and at school. Water people with kindness and affirmation. We need more people who are positive and are in this world to uplift others.

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