‘Everything is fluid.’
‘Categorizing someone stops them reaching their full potential.’
We don’t like labels.
Talk to anyone who is in tune with the 21st century about political correctness and common courtesy and phrases like the above will arise.
Yet it has been blatantly obvious from the very beginning that I have fixed a very firm label on myself and others on this blog.
Here are some of them:
Watchers – those in a close relationship with chronically suffering people
Wider Watchers – those who are not in a close relationship with chronic sufferers
Loved Ones – the chronic sufferers themselves
Labels restrain us
Why have I done this?
To be perfectly simple, I wouldn’t be able to write without them. I need to have these definitions in order to muse and blog and think about our specific situation.
First things first, let’s clear the waters and accept the inevitable truth:
Labels (inadvertently or otherwise) do place limits.