When I was younger I really liked rap and hip hop for some reason. I never really dressed the part but I used to love that music. It seems so strange to me now. When I got to high school I slowly started getting into metal when a friend introduced me to it until it became all I really listened to. That's how I still am today. I don't really call myself any particular thing, but I love black clothes and intricate/intense makeup that is also dark.
Seventh grade I went through the scene/anime phase. I didn't dress or look scene because I wasn't allowed to dye my hair or anything but I spoke and acted like them. My anime phase was taken too far when I actually considered a character my boyfriend. Eigth grade through the start of my freshman year I went through an intense Olympic phase.
I'm about to graduate high school in a few weeks but, my sophomore i went through a big 80's Madonna phase. But other than that my phases seem to switch out every once in a while and come back later for a while. I'll go through a goth phase, emo phase, scene phase, country girl phase, hippie phase....it just depends but I always have a metal-head element to it.
My skater phase was interesting because it was mixed in with my "emo" phase and the board I bought from eBay never worked anyway. One wheel was tighter than the other one causing it to veer off to one side.
My emo phase was "unique" as well because unlike many other emos, I actually researched and learnt what it meant. This caused me to get into real emo bands like Rites of Spring and Sunny Day Real Estate, of whom I'm still into today.
I was never bothered about labels until I met my first boyfriend. Before that at 11 years old, I was "goth" because "that's just how I felt" but later on I went through my emo phase (which I now consider my baby bat phase), scene (labelled myself it once), hippie phase (liked to walk barefoot) and skater phase (wish I still had my skateboard).
None of those matter because at least I understand the goth subculture. I was too obsessed with labels without really understanding them.