Each morning, we awake to a prison. Trapped inside, we are confined by the ideas and conceptions of "who we are" and "what we do". We unconscious do the same thing each day, eating the same foods, and performing the same sets of a behaviors over and over again, like human robots. The name of this prison is "Personal History" and we are the jailers.
One of the things that has become increasingly evident to me over the last few years is that many (including myself) tend to base many of our decisions based on what we "should do". Daring to step back and ask "Who is making these rules?" tends to open a recursive line of questioning that only stops when one decides to jump off the hamster wheel altogether and admit the truth: we do.
Some of us might protest that it is, in fact, others who define ourselves for us. But ultimately, we are the complicit ones. It is always our decision, although it's hard to admit it. Tomorrow morning, we could wake and decide to be somebody completely different, unbound by any perceived obligations or responsibilities.
However, most everybody, including myself don't do so. A sense of moral obligation, love, and dedication keep us where we are. And these are noble. They aren't wrong. However, remembering that almost all of these are a daily decision, something that we've chosen, can help us make the shift between thinking as a beast of burden and the free human that you are.
This is, of course, barring things that you can't control - illness, chronic injury in yourself and those you care for. However, from experience, limitations are sometimes also part of the illusion, which is a topic that I will visit during tomorrows episode.
Today, tonight, tomorrow morning - remember that what you are seeing is a choice, a prison likely of your own jailers. You can choose to leave or make it a functional paradise from where to grow. The decision is entirely yours.