Little boxes

Little boxes on the hillside

Little boxes made of ticky-tacky

Little boxes on the hillside

Little boxes all the same…

This excerpt from the song Little Boxes, originally written and composed by the folk singer Malvina Reynolds in 1962, takes aim at middle class conformity and still resonates today.

Look at your own life. Are you conforming to standards or ideals that are not your own?

Do you find your work fulfilling, or is it a means to an end? Are you on a path that was originally set by your parents, by a school councillor, or by someone else?

I’m not saying drop out of school, quit your job, or abdicate your responsibilities, although for some, this may be exactly what you need to do.

What I am saying is to ask the question, is this what I really want to be doing with my life?

The answer may not be one that your friends or family agree with. They may actually try to discourage you, which is why it’s a good idea to keep your dreams to yourself and perhaps one other who is in your corner.

If you have the courage to follow your own path, then a life of possibilities, rather than eventualities, awaits you.