The-bird-in-the-cageThe bird in the cage doesn’t sing because its situation is perfect.

It doesn’t sing because it’s necessarily happy.

It doesn’t sing to entertain others.

It doesn’t sing in memory of happier times flying free.

It sings because that’s what it was born to do.

Despite its circumstances.

Despite its feelings.

Despite how others may react.

Despite the past.

It’s tempting to wait until you’re in the perfect situation before you start doing what you were created to do, but the caged bird reminds us that this would be a mistake.

You have unique skills and abilities.

You have unique experiences and perspectives.

You have a voice.