Saturday, April 14, 2012

Shackles of the Mind

Trapped.  Chained.  Stuck.  Locked in a world of dull sameness and blind acceptance.
    Is this you?  Is it me?  Is it the people we spend time with every day?  Who we bump into in the halls?  Our best friends?
   We and our peers are held captive by invisible shackles.  We are tricked into believing that we are fine, that this is as good as it gets.  We think we are doing good enough, that nothing will change, that nothing needs to.  You may not be able to see the bonds that restrain us, but the effects are clear - if we will only look.
   We are chained into our cliques, our groups of the cool and the lame.  There are seemingly impenetrable boundaries between the hot and the not.
   We are locked into the teenage mindset of fun, and fun, and more fun.  If it's boring we fall asleep.  If we're not good at it, it's stupid and we find something else.  If we can't see any immediate benefits, why bother?  We might think we know it all, but what if what we know is wrong?
   We don't have to stick to the status quo.  We don't have to wait until we're adults to do something that matters.  We don't have to be content with the way things are.  We don't have to believe the lies that we're not smart enough, popular enough, or good enough.
   Will you make a difference?  Will you be a leader?  Will you cross the lines?  Will you be courageous?  Will you take a stand?  Will you break the chains?


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