Remember when you were a kid and eyeing a freshly opened cardboard box had you panting with anticipation? Not for what was inside but the box itself – pure gold.
The possibilities were endless. A classic, four-sided adventure, welcoming us with flaps open wide waiting for us to have at it.
Funny how as we grow older, the idea of being in a box changes in a flash. All of the child-like anticipation is instantly replaced with adult-minded apprehension.
Being boxed in is stifling and restrictive. The tired cliché “think outside the box” makes you know that being in the box is bland, boring bad news bears. You’re supposed to be out of the box, not in it.
Not so fast.
2020 has tested all of our capacities for restrictions, limits, and feeling boxed in across the board.
It’s stretched our creativity, resourcefulness, and emotional muscles to such a degree that you’ve snapped many times because you’re not a sociopath; you’re human. You’re also reading this, so you obviously bounced back with more resilience and perspective than ever before.
So, maybe it’s not about resisting the box but figuring out how we can transform the box that we’re in.
Because sometimes boxing yourself in is the best way to find yourself out.
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