I think that we do this for two reasons. First, because it gives us a sense of belonging. Everyone wants to belong to a group, and receiving a label, especially in our day of social media, achieves that instantly. This isn’t always a bad thing; as a matter of fact I think that we have some of this hard wired into us for a purpose.
The second reason that I think we do it is because categorization helps us to simplify a ridiculously complicated life a bit. If I can just say “I’m a power lifter,” then I just might be off the hook when someone asks me what I do for cardio.
There are definitely some things that are wise to do this with; I actually do it with as many things as I can! But I think there are some categories that not everyone fits into, and I want to encourage you to not feel like you don’t have a place just because you don’t fit neatly into certain boxes.
Here’s an example: It seems like most people classify themselves as introverts or extroverts, but I have never been able to choose a side. I always see elements of both within myself.
All I want to get across here is this: don’t try too hard to be just one thing. Let it come naturally.