Breaking Free

Have you ever tried To be something you’re not Have you acted as you should Not as you are   Like wearing a new sweater Washed in hot water Your arms and your chest straining Against the shrunken fibers Trying desperately to break free The wool, like society Holding you tightly Squeezing your ambitions Keeping [...]

Have you ever tried

To be something you’re not

Have you acted as you should

Not as you are

 

Like wearing a new sweater

Washed in hot water

Your arms and your chest straining

Against the shrunken fibers

Trying desperately to break free

The wool, like society

Holding you tightly

Squeezing your ambitions

Keeping your dreams under wraps

Lest you infect the masses

 

Have you ever wanted

To be something more

To change the world

In just a small way

To live your truth without fear

Of being beaten down and silenced

From the pressure of the crowd

Heavy as gravity at sea level

 

But even as it pushes down upon you

You must push back

Lifting the lid of your complacency

Or worse, compliance

Or the lid will become that of a coffin

Silencing the person you would become

 

Have you ever pondered

What’s up there

On the mountain or in the sky

Soaring high above the trees

As a spirit in the wind

Or scaling the mountain

To reach the rarefied air

Where the air is always clear and sweet

Waiting for you to fly

 

To break free of your worlds expectations

Is a most difficult and daring escape

Cutting the ropes, discarding sandbags

Your balloon ascending through enemy fire

Words used as bullets to stop you from yourself

But like the hot-air balloon

You will return to earth

Having seen the world from a higher point

Freedom can be found

Isn’t it time to let go of those ties

Binding you to the ground

And though it’s not painless

The view is worth the climb

So isn’t it time

To be true to yourself

To that wonderful person who lives inside

Author: Stan Manley

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