February 1, 2019

Why do we often let others define who we are?

Calum Bowie


We all have things happen in our lives where it can be difficult for others to understand how we feel. I was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and, at first, this completely flipped my world upside down — I didn’t know how I’d manage to get back to normality. However, as I began to tell people about it, I realised I was not alone in how I felt. I began to notice that almost everyone I spoke to had something going on in their lives, whether that be depression, blood clots or any number of other conditions, each having an impact on that person’s life.

Sometimes, when you’re standing in a room full of people and you are told something about one of the people in the room, it’s easy to label that person, as if their condition or problem defines them — in my case, ‘the diabetic’. This puts limitations on people. I noticed that perhaps I had been doing this to others and, now, it was happening to me. This song is my positive message for anyone that has something going on in their life, whatever it may be, to be ‘all they can be’ — to not let society’s labels define and restrict them, and to not be so quick to judge or label others.



I’m a young singer songwriter trying to make it.