It strikes me that we are often guilty of putting labels on ourselves and others, including our children. “Shy” “Noisy” “Lazy” “Hard working” “Boring” for example. Occasionally a label may be encouraging, but very often they are limiting and disheartening and can stop ourselves and others reaching individual full potential.

As a teenager I was incredibly shy, with little confidence and self conscious. I felt ugly and kept my head bowed in the hope that no-one would notice me. I grew into a young adult who was a perfectionist, which can have its attributes but can also lead to feelings of disappointment and failure.

The great thing is that we all change! We do not stay the same! Life, experiences, age, challenges, faith, work and much more mould and shape us into a different person. It is sometimes hard to believe that I have grown into a confident, strong, happy person who loves engaging with people.

Each one of us is on a journey that continues for a lifetime. Shake off the labels, treasure every day and be the best “you” that you can be at this point in time.