Chris Guillebeau, on why he doesn’t consider himself a minimalist, a lifestyle designer, or location independent:

Labels are used to put people in ideological boxes and restrict their choices. According to label theory, if you are an x, surely you’d never do y, because y is a violation of the code. Isn’t that funny—something that starts out as a freeing concept becomes a restrictive one as more and more people take on the label.

Labels come with baggage; memberships come with unwritten rules of conduct. And these aren’t always labels put on us by other people. Often it’s the labels we voluntarily apply to ourselves that become most restrictive.