Defining yourself seems to be the in thing now within the alternative culture in this age of social media. Several sites allow you to create a profile of yourself where you share your opinions and ideals among other things for people to relish in. We think so much about what we stand for and we end up defining ourselves by these tropes. We put virtual labels on our self image like stickers on a messenger bag and our activites on these communities mostly consists of reinforcing these labels. But why do we label ourselves like that? Why do we chose to distill our complex personas into bland archetypes?
I’ve always thought that by labeling yourself you’re also setting virtual limits for yourself. Genre labeling is a great example of that notion; If describe your sound as lounge inspired death metal you’re stuck with trying to sound like lounge inspired death metal and all the stereotyping and clichés that come with it. I realize there is a big difference between metal and techno and therefore some labeling is necessary but in the end what’s most important is your music and it’s gonna sound the same no matter how many prefixes you attach to it.
And I feel this goes for people too. You’re gonna be you no matter how many labels you put on your persona. So, instead of thinking too much about how you define yourself, let your actions do it for you. Throw all arbitrary preconceptions out the window, ignore the vox populi and be yourself. You’ll kick ass.