As children, we set out confidently to explore the world around us. We are curious and adventurous wanting to find out everything about our environment. But as we get older, we begin to limit ourselves; we are no longer as curious or adventurous. We embrace limitations. Some of the limitations are imposed on us by those in charge – parents, teachers, caretakers, and other adults. We are told, “no, don’t climb the chair to look out into the street,” or “don’t put that in your mouth.” Some of the limitation is environmentally induced. Because children mimic what they see, we begin to replicate the lives of those around us. If they are afraid of water, we become afraid of water even if we are itching to swim. Or if our community dislikes certain foods, we go along with those dislikes regardless of desires or information to the contrary.
A third way we impose limitations on ourselves is internal. Anytime we experience a negative impact from an activity, we stop engaging in that activity. This could be good or bad. For example, when a child touches the attractive yellow-red flames of fire, s/he gets burned and will not try it again. Unfortunately, if that same child tries out for the spelling bee but loses after the first round; s/he will not try again either.
Today, decide to set yourself free of limitations whether imposed by you or by others. Start to live true to your desires and curiosity. Try new things; explore your environs; break away from crippling limitations and begin to truly enjoy freedom.