The Cages We Live In – Humble The Poet

The Cages We Live In


I spent so much time caged in the expectations of others, whether that was my family, friends, or society as a whole. We've all been raised to follow the rules and not question why things are the way they are. Some of us break free from this mindset, only to run a few feet and encounter a new cage. Even now, when I do something new, there's an imaginary conversation happening in my head justifying my decisions to an invisible audience of critics. These aren't people I know, just old, and stale voices that remain in my head, telling me that I have to explain my decisions. We don't have to explain shit to anybody anymore. As Dr. Seuss said, "Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." We can move so much farther in life when we don't slow down to explain ourselves to people who don't care to understand in the first place. Most of the criticism I get from others is usually a reflection of their insecurities. They don't want me to progress on my own terms, because they felt that wasn't a luxury they were afforded. It's a cycle where the oppressed continue to oppress to validate their own oppression. That cycle has to end with us. Do your thang, and encourage others to do theirs. Our biggest obstacles will always be ourselves. #BLESS

2 comments


  • Pam Shergill

    I can totally relate to this. Difficult to break away from but definitely do-able!!


  • Pauline

    I agree with you


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