birthing identity beyond labels

Birthing identity beyond labels

Identifying with various societal groups can give one comfort in belonging, a sense of shared experiences, and codes of behaviour.  Yet, they can also strip one’s uniqueness by providing established role templates.  Some labels are given to us early in life shaping our experiences from birth and setting the stage for other predictable labels we may acquire in life through actions and experiences.  I am a white female and a daughter.  I am well educated, in part due to my privileged as a white and the social economic status of my birth family.  Identifying as heterosexual, I eventually become both a wife and mother.  I find that deep within there is a burning fire of a singular individual birthing herself beyond the labels.