Pitch black.

I feel the walls on every side of me, above me, and below me. I’ve been trapped before, but it seems like the walls have grown taller, more dense, more suffocating.

I start punching and kicking my way out. And as I kick, I grow, until I’ve become too big for the box to contain. I don’t fit inside your box anymore. I never did, but now it’s clear to you.

If you put me in that box, I will scrape and scratch and claw until I am free from the confines of your ignorance. Because I don’t belong in that box. I am so much more than a prisoner of thought. I am more than a slave to a system that encourages mindless acceptance of labels and boxes, as if that’s all we are.

You’re not expected to understand the people around you. Just compartmentalize them, demonize them, or glorify them. Acquire surface level knowledge of a person (race, sex, creed), and tell yourself that that's enough to formulate an opinion. Don't bother to truly learn the depths of her being. You already know her based on artificial archetypes. There is nothing she can say or do that would surprise you. So you think.

And isn’t that just what bigots do. To make assumptions, to learn one thing about a person and believe they need look no further into that person’s innerworkings. To see as the world sees.

Don’t you dare put me in that box. I will break it down again and again. I will defy expectations over and over until you finally realize that small-minded and simple explanations are for small-minded people. You may feel more comfortable in your box, less challenged, submissive and compliant though it may make you.

But that doesn’t work for me.

So take your box, your preconceived judgments, and hide away in them. But don’t be surprised to hear that the rest of us would rather be free.


  1. Love it! A timely and timeless reminder of every person's wonderful uniqueness.

  2. Hello sister Anais. I am a Pastor from Mumbai India. I am glad to stop by your profile on the blogger and the blog post. I am also blessed and feel privileged and honoured to get connected with you as well as know as a woman of God who loves to make Him known to others and acknowledges God's goodness in her life. I am truly blessed to know you. You have have said that you are a Catholic. I work across denominational barriers which are created by man. As long as we believe and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, nothing should divide us. Very true what you have said in your post on Boxes. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I love getting connected with the people of God around the globe to be encouraged strngthened and praying for one another. I have been in the Pastoral ministry for last 41yrs in this great city of Mumbai a city with a great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live. We reach out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the brokenhearted. We also encourage young and the adults from the west to come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. We would love to have your young people from your family, friends or parish come to Mumbai to work with us during their vacation time. I am sure they will have a life changing experience. In the past we have had young people coming from different denominational background. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. God's richest blessings on you your family and friends also wishing you a blessed and a Christ centered rest of the year 2020. My email id is: dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede


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