No Labels

“Once you label me you negate me.” – Soren Kierkegaard

It is easy to label people. When we label others, it allows us to simplify who they are in our minds. It makes it easier to categorize them and easily explain them. This allows us to avoid the difficult tasks of actually trying to get to know and understand who someone is. We try to avoid the hard work of establishing a relationship with someone in order to fully realize who they are. We label people to avoid the work of getting to know them. Labeling is easy, and building a relationship is hard, however it is the only true way to get to know and understand who someone is.

I took these photos at Freedom Park last summer. This is one of my favorite parks in Charlotte. My grandparents used to live near here, and they would take me here every time I would visit. Freedom Park has everything the perfect park should have. A playground, walking trails, ball fields, and a lake to walk around. It’s a great place to bring the family for the day, or just to come and chill out for the day. I love visiting this park, but I don’t come here as often because it takes me a little longer to ride my bike here. Also, the hill on the way back to straight up for almost 2 miles. It is pretty easy to get there but getting back takes some serious effort.

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