Break Free

I am a round peg that was pounded into a square hole.  I was the person that was forced to stay in a closed dark box for too long.  I was the person who saw the light but was forced to stay in the dark.  That is until the day that I broke free.  The day that I ran from those that were harming me. The day that my mind and body said it was enough and that there was no need to take any more punishment.  That the people I had surrounded myself with were not the people who I should surround myself with.  That I had it in my power to stop trying to fit in a space I did not belong and that I did not need to stay in a box because it was being loosely closed by my own mental weight.  That breaking free from it would also break me free into a world of wonder,  a world of color, a world of people who did care,  a world where I could be the person that I was intended to be.

My talents were not seen.  I was not listened to.  I was not free to explore, test those things around me.  I am much more complex than I ever gave myself credit and I confuse myself more than I confuse those around me.

I did not need to stay on the roller coaster for one more ride.  There were no more milestone dates to reach.  I was free.  I was free to fly and determine what my gifts really were instead of listening to those that told me what they were.  I was free to discover that I had talents that had been buried deep within me that were not able to surface because the weight of the box and the darkness of the space that surrounded me did not allow me to see.  That I didn’t fit where I was but that I had been limiting myself to thinking I didn’t fit anywhere.

My talents were not seen.  I was not listened to.  I was not free to explore, test those things around me.  I am much more complex than I ever gave myself credit and I confuse myself more than I confuse those around me.  I have a strong desire to make the world a better place and the reality is that sometimes I’m surrounded by people who don’t have the same goal.  They enjoy the submissive behavior of those around them and it makes me cringe.

We are all human and we all have our own special gifts.  There are plenty of executives, managers, supervisors to flood the markets but where are the artists and writers today?  When was the last time that you met someone and they said “I’m a writer” or “I’m an artist”?  The rare beauty of the gift of a liberal art is considered to be less than cerebral yet the essence of getting to all that our minds have to offer is exploring what lives within those areas of our brain that we have yet to explore.  That by breaking out of the box, there is a realization that I have been suppressing the part of my brain that is the most developed.  I am proud to label myself an artist and a writer above all else.   It is a gift that is my gift, that is uniquely me, that is a representation of my inner soul that has been hidden.

What you need to ask yourself is what is hidden within your soul?  What would happen if you broke out of that dark box?  Do yourself a favor, break free, it may be the best gift you ever opened.


Raissa Urdiales
Raissa Urdiales
Raissa lived most of her life along the shores of Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. She currently lives in the quiet city of Tega Cay, South Carolina, just across the border from the very active art community of Charlotte, North Carolina. Raissa has not always considered herself as an artist. She spent a great portion of her adult life staring into computer screens and managing computer system implementations and upgrades in the traditional corporate setting. It was through a chance paint night that she discovered her passion for painting. On her 51st birthday, she treated herself to some acrylic paints and brushes and has not stopped painting since. She balances her passion for creating with her day job as a systems analyst. In the wee hours of the morning, you will find her painting before she immerses herself in the technology that is consuming the world today. Although Raissa does not have formal training in the arts she is very conscious of the benefits it has on the human psyche. She holds a Bachelor's of Science majoring in Psychology where she focused her studies on Organizational Psychology. Through her corporate career, she has learned how to strike a balance between that which provides monetary reward and that which fulfills us as humans. For her, this balance is obtained through painting, writing, and exercise. She is currently a member of the Guild of Charlotte Artists where she exhibits select pieces during the quarterly art shows in and around the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. She has also submitted and is featured regularly in the Light Space & Time online gallery. When she is not painting or working with computer systems, she is writing. She currently has a column with BIZCATALYST 360° named “Artful Being” where she writes on topics both in and out of her corporate life to help others gain balance on what it is to be human.

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  1. Your story speaks to me, but not because anyone has made me feel trapped in the dark. I am sorry for those years of your life where you needed to break free but am glad to see that you have broken free and are living beyond boundaries. Congratulations, @Raissa on your success. You are most definitely an artist. My faults belong to my own over-commitments and lack of focus.