I've always felt left out of being labeled - for example, when the whole "California native" bumper stickers started showing up back in the day, I couldn't claim that, as I wasn't born there, even though I'd lived practically my entire life in California. But to look at me, you wouldn't exactly say I was a Hawaii native, even though I WAS born there. And with that, I also couldn't claim the "military brat" thing since my dad was only in the Navy for four years - I just happened to be born while he was still in the service and stationed in Hawaii.
Not this, either.
Yep...don't I look Hawaiian?
Then there's the age deal...technically, my birth year falls into the Baby Boomer range, but just barely. I always felt too young to be called a Baby Boomer. And in watching the new season of Survivor, Gen X vs Millennials, I'm hearing that Gen X covers 1963 - 1982...so that would make me Gen X?? I don't think so, but then a Baby Boomer I'm not, either. Another thing that renders me labelless.
I didn't fall into any particular labels in school - I wasn't a jock (HAHAHA for days on that - I took classes like badminton and Frisbee in P.E. to avoid any kind of cardio)(and also I didn't want a ball thrown at me), a cheerleader, or a nerd. I managed to go through all those years of school without ever falling under a label, which is possible, despite what the movies and TV shows tell you.
And then I started blogging, and became a diet blogger. But that wasn't all of me, and even though I received a little publicity now and then for losing weight, I didn't want to always be known as a diet blogger. Plus I stopped dieting, but you wouldn't know that based on the random links my blog gets to TOP 100 DIETER lists. And also maybe I just couldn't stick to a certain topic for years on end. That said, I like how my blog has evolved into what it is today - a place you can come to read about everything from running to knitting and everything in between...with the additional bonus of cute dog pictures.
Labeling is an interesting thing. I wonder if people like to claim a label in order to feel like they belong to something? Nothing wrong with that, but I've been on the outside of being labeled for most of my life, so being unlabeled feels normal to me. What about you - do you claim a particular label?