“You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.” -Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Truman Capote’s classic short story, made famous by the transcendent Audrey Hepburn, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is such a fascinating character study.
Miss Holly Golightly buys a bird cage for the narrator, however, she makes him promise that he would never put a living thing in it. She detests cages. However, the cage that she hates is actually the cage that she has put on herself. She is running from her past, running from her childhood, running from dealing with a traumatic time in her life into the arms of older men, into a life of adoration, and she cannot escape that cage.
It is an important thought to think about and to look in your own life. Is there something you are running from? Is there something you haven’t dealt with? What do you need to free yourself from the cage you have put yourself in?