The cage

People only get really interesting when they start to rattle the bars of their cages.” – Alain de Botton

They say irony is the song of a bird who has learned to love its cage.

They also say that none are more hopelessly enslaved than those who believe themselves to be free.

We all live in a cage. We all perceive the world around us as limiting. The bars of the cage are all the people who tell us to be realistic, to be this or that, to aim lower, to please others.

To make one compromise after another.

People who tell us that we’ll never make it.

I say, rattle the bars.

Fight against the urge to settle for less than you deserve.

Truly believe in yourself and your abilities.

You are descended from warriors.

You can conquer the world. Your world. You can do whatever the hell you want.

You are free.

You are powerful beyond measure.

More powerful than those who try to stop you from achieving your dreams. More powerful than those who try to belittle your ambitions.

Dream big. Try. Fail. Try again. Fail again.

You are an unstoppable force.

Nothing and no one can destroy you.

Rattle the bars of your cage. Challenge what you think as impossible, for impossible is just a big word used by those who have come to love their cages.


10 thoughts on “The cage

  1. You are truly inspiring. I think I’ll go rattle some cages now. (haha) I am finally pursing my dreams and I know I’ll meet with opposition – not because I’m doing anything offensive, but because some people just love to trample on your dreams. I’m going out to kick them off my grass! Thank you for your encouragement.

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  2. One can refuse to give up, but that doesn’t solve the problem of how to get out of the cage.
    Confucious is supposed to have said – “The way out is via the door. Why is it that no one will use this method.”
    So the question is – where is the door?

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  3. Thanks for this, Cristian. Sometimes I forget.

    I really liked that “descended from warriors” part! I am coming to see myself as the warrior woman I really am instead of the victim I thought I was. This is good encouragement. Thank you.

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