One of the greatest challenges in our lives is to recognise the limitations imposed by our upbringing. Too often I meet exceptional people who are caged and restricted by their backgrounds, by the rules laid down by their families, by the conditions of their culture and the expectations of the people around them. Life is too short to be lived in the chains of our conditioning. We spend too much of our lives playing the roles laid down by our cultural surroundings. It might not be comfortable to break free of our bonds. It might feel very strange to step beyond the limits of our conditioning. But it seems tragic to spend the gift of our lives in bondage to values and restrictions that have little to do with our deepest potential for happiness, fulfilment and self-expression. These natural, liberating forces that exist within each of us seek positive outlets, harming none, in a quest to bring us closer to who we really are.