You know that definition of hell?
"On your last day on earth, the person you are will meet the person you could have been."
Here's the thing...
Just as the butterfly is already in the caterpillar, the YOU who you could be is already in you.
But unlike the caterpillar, we humans have the powerful ability to stop our own metamorphosis.
And the way our society is set up, the way schools and jobs work, we have been trained to define ourselves in narrow terms and stay that way.
For most of my life, I lived a life of avoidance, playing safe so I wouldn't get hurt. I became masterful at hiding and pleasing, playing by others' rules.
That comes with a heavy price.
We pay the price every day, in each moment that we do that.
We can recognize it by the constriction and tightness in ourselves... the sense of something wanting to be freed, like a bird in a cage.
I write this not to your head, but to your heart....