Are you truly lazy
Or are you simply in the process of resting and recovering from all that you have been through?
Are you truly procrastinating
Or are you simply prioritising what your soul finds more valuable, enriching and uplifting?
Are you truly sad
Or are you simply purging and releasing your emotions?
Are you truly broken
Or are you simply in the process of healing from past experiences and rebuilding your life?
Are you truly antisocial
Or are you simply undergoing a period of self-discovery and learning to fully embrace and enjoy your own company?
Are you truly naive
Or do you simply have an open heart and look for the best in other people?
Are you truly a loner
Or are you simply someone who prefers to spend more time alone in solitude?
Are you weak and overly emotional
Or are you simply someone with heightened sensitivity and a greater capacity to feel emotions?
Are you truly a workaholic
Or are you simply someone with great, ambitious dreams, a clear life purpose and an incredible work ethic?
Are you truly a “bitch”
Or are you simply good at standing up for yourself when necessary
And setting clear boundaries?
Are you truly ugly
Or are you simply someone who doesn’t conform to the unattainable, artificial beauty standards of society and is uniquely beautiful in their own way?
Are you truly weird, quirky or different
Or are you simply someone who possesses their own characteristic traits in a world filled with billions of people who differ from one another?
And are you going to allow others to define you
By placing all of these labels on you
Or are you going to choose to define yourself?
Words by Tahlia Hunter
Artwork by Catrin Welz-Stein