Labels are useful.
They help us rapidly identify as part of a group to gather, organize and mobilize.
Labels like “athlete,” “environmentalist,” and “activist” help introduce rules into our lives, helping us to build good habits, communities, and routines.
Unfortunately, those same labels are limiting, reductionist and incomplete.
They take a long time to evolve and eventually become constricting and inadequate.
Releasing labels when they no longer serve us is just as important as finding new ones that help motivate us.