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What would happen if you put a hummingbird

into a small box with no way out?

No escape.

That tiny little bird would

Smash and bruise itself

As it flew again and again

into the walls of that box.

A hummingbird doesn’t belong in a box.

Neither do you.

How many people are put into boxes from childhood?

Who they should be. How they should be.

When to speak. When not to speak.

How to love. Who to love.

How to act.

Who to be.

And, for the rest of their lives,

They try to escape from those boxes.

Often damaging themselves

And others.

When all they want

Is to be free to be

Who they really are.