To clip one’s wings means restricting one’s freedom, power, or full potential. A reference to the practice of clipping a bird’s wings to prevent it from flying.

It’s unfortunate that more often than not, the people who are closest to us are the ones who end up clipping our wings. There are many reasons as to why they would do that, their concern or whatever, but the end result is mostly the same. You end up resenting the person or drift away from them over time.

Every individual deserves freedom, the right to make their own life decisions and choices. The failure or inability to do so leads to repressed emotions and affects their self-esteem. If you can’t lead your life the way you want to, you can’t really be happy now, can you?

Making mistakes and learning from them is one of the most important parts of life. It tends to build character and gives you a personality. You get to know your strengths and weaknesses and there’s so much a person can achieve by exploring and pushing themselves. But if we are not able to do any of that cause of the puppet masters holding our strings, who are we? An extension of our masters? How long before the puppet wakes up from the trance and tries to break free?

Don’t do this!

Don’t do that!

It’s okay for parents to guide their kids when they can’t think for themselves, but it has to cease at some point. As we grow older, in some instances, a parent figure is replaced by another dominating person that holds the strings. Now, some people might appreciate having such a person in their life but what are they going to do when this person goes away. On the other end of the spectrum, you have repressed and frustrated individuals itching to break free.

Does any of this sound healthy to you?

“Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly”
- Napoléon Bonaparte