The parameters that define us can either inhibit us or set us free.
A pertinent and quite amazing metaphor that I was once told was to look at life like a chessboard. It's quite domesticated looking, the bi-colored board made up of 64 squares in an 8x8 alternating arrangement. Even the rules seem much too restrictive—pawns move by one square only unless it's its first move, rooks in vertical and horizontal directions, bishops in diagonals, etc.
But once you learn the rules and stay within its boundaries, the game comes alive. No two games are the same; every game is unique to the experience of its two players. It's filled with drama, sacrifices, strategies, advancements, and it ends in a glorious victory, a bitter loss, or—least likely—a unsettling draw.
It's all about how to look at the world around you. Are the parameters that define your home restrictive, or are there pieces that you've yet to play?
We at OATH began when we realized that the board was much bigger than we had once thought, and there were rules that we've yet to learn. However, we've since realized that it's a game that we can play, that we could actually get good at, and so we've made a move.
Now we sit back and see how the world responds.