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I Am Not the Label You Give Me

I am complex and multifaceted.

I have many titles

and wear many hats.

That’s okay.

I give others permission to be diverse, too.

We all are

more than our job titles,

more than our family roles,

more than our locations,

political parties,

temporary interests,

hobbies,

vacations,

hairstyles,

clothing,

or furnishings.

We are all of the books we’ve read,

not just the one we are reading.

We are our mothers

and our fathers.

We are the friends we have

and the ones we’ve lost.

We are movies, classes, illnesses, and injuries.

Let’s not pretend to wear

one label

to make it seem easier than it is

to be human.

Let’s just be who we are

with all our complexities

and invite others to join us

on an amazing adventure

of discovery

and acceptance.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator based in New York City. She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick. Her holistic, integrative approach draws from her experience as a human resources supervisor, as well as her legal and EEOC training. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process, author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and an award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine (Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist). Most recently, she was invited to serve as ICERM Representative to the United Nations and will attain her certificate in Ethno-Religious Conflict Mediation in March 2017.