Whenever I talk to others about my life, I inevitably talk about you because there’s not much else to talk about! The conversation always drifts to your personality and behavior, so I describe it…but upon reflection, I find that I don’t like conferring labels on you.
Most of the labels are innocuous – neutral descriptors like whether you’re introverted or that you’re a “train” type of kid. You’re too young to think about or even care about labels, but I do think it affects me and how I potentially behave towards you. It may lead me to reinforce my perception of you when it’s simply that – my perception. And I worry that my actions based on my perceptions may end up leading to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe you’re not introverted and you’re just too immersed in what you’re doing.
You’re obviously coming into your own with each passing day and everything is effectively a phase. The last thing I want to do is inadvertently pigeon-hole you from such a young age! How silly would that be? You have all your teenage years and early adulthood to deal with labels and expectations.
You keep doing you. And I will do my best to simply guide and counsel you.