Submission by Cristiano M.
Titles and labels. Two things that can destroy a person. We live in a society where people treat you based on a variety of labels you might wear. Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Retarded, Poor, Immigrant, Spanish, Black, Slut. Labels like these can leave lasting impressions on people that affect them their whole life.
Titles and labels generalize people and act as an agent to dehumanize them. Instead of being a person, you are some gay guy. Instead of being a neighbor, you are some immigrant that does not belong here. Instead of being a classmate, you are the whore that cannot keep it in their pants. And the more we use these terms to define someone, the more they can begin to see themselves as that label. They do not see a bright future for themselves because they are blinded by the words and titles that are being forced on them. They accept these lies and can live the rest of their life unwilling to live to their full potential because they fear that their labels will limit them.
But these titles do not mean anything. These labels do not hold any power. The only power these words have, is the power you give it. We have the power to write a new name over ourselves. And once we discover the truth of this freedom, our potential is unlimited. We live in a generation with access to technology that the world has never before seen. Just imagine all the wonders we can make if we only tried. Everyone is valuable and contributes to our society in some way. I believe that everyone has a purpose in life, and that we all have greatness stored up in us. Do not dare let someone tell you that you are insignificant. You are a gift, there is no one else in the world like you. Not to be cliché, but honestly every single one of you are so special. Do not allow a title or a label to limit you. You are worth so much more than that! So if no else tells you today, I just want you to know that you are AMAZING, and that’s the only title that you will ever need.